In the NDN newsroom. Photo by Victoria Macchi


The story of ‘Baby Kevin’
Naples Daily News, May 8, 2016
I spent a year trying to track down ‘Baby Kevin,’ the John Doe who was abandoned at birth at a Naples substation back in 1988. I found him, then struggled with the moral dilemma of reaching out to tell his story nearly 30 years later. I’m so glad I did. This is my favorite story to date.

After a life of challenges, the biggest one still looms for transgender preteen Dee Valentine
Naples Daily News, March 8, 2015
I spent about six months with photographer Dania Maxwell checking in on a family whose daughter had just started attending school as a girl. The story looks at how Dee Valentine’s family support her and also touches on what transgender transitions are like for preteens.

Naples’ international hub preps for the busiest weekend of the year
Naples Daily News, Feb. 13, 2015
I spent a morning at the Naples Municipal Airport to see what it’s like handling their busiest day of the year.

Small-town diner closes
The Vindicator, Jan. 27, 2011
I wrote about how the locals were dealing with the closing of a restaurant after nearly 70 years of service.

May 4: The day according to students
Daily Kent Stater, May 4, 2010
This story ran centerfold in the Daily Kent Stater on May 4, 2010 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the May 4 shootings. We wanted to tell the events of the day through eyewitness accounts, so I interviewed nine alumni and wove their stories together.


Interviewing Santa for The Vindy. Photo by William D. Lewis.


Naples neighbors had been feuding for years before Sunday’s fatal shooting
Naples Daily News May 6, 2014
I double-bylined this story with fellow reporter Jessica Lipscomb as we pieced together a 10-year fight between neighbors using public records and first-hand accounts.

Accused Lehigh killer and teen accomplice run out of gas, luck on freezing Wyo. highway
Naples Daily News, Dec. 13, 2013
I won a newsroom award for this story, piecing together how a Florida man was arrested for killing his mother and brother thousands of miles away.

Group pitches turning Grand Central Station property into a park
Naples Daily News, Jan. 25, 2013
I wrote this deadline story after a pair of activists first announced their idea to turn a prime piece of downtown property into a public park.

JetBlue backs out of plans to consider flights to Naples Municipal Airport
Naples Daily News, Oct. 12, 2012
Naples residents were up in arms last summer over the prospect of commercial airline JetBlue possibly scheduling flights to the city’s airport. It was a hot topic for a few weeks, which made JetBlue’s announcement to back out a major one for this deadline story.



The perks of writing about dogs in offices. Photo by Greg Kahn.

In-depth reporting

One Swamp Boy’s story: ‘Success’ leads to even bigger challenges for teen
Naples Daily News, Jan. 3, 2015
Photographer Scott McIntyre and I followed a Pompano Beach teen for more than a year as he completed a juvenile detention program in Big Cypress Preserve, graduated and reentered the world as a young man. His story is one that highlights the pitfalls students in such programs face.

Out of the darkness: Recent robberies leave late-night clerks, servers on edge
Naples Daily News, March 15, 2014
I spent two nights with third-shift workers following a rash of robberies at local Waffle Houses. The story earned me and the photographer Dania Maxwell a newsroom award for the work.

Preserving Ohio school buildings
The Vindicator, Dec. 5, 2010
A look at historic school buildings in the state that have been abandoned by their school districts.

History series
The Daily Kent Stater, Jan. through May of 2010
This link will take you to a separate post detailing the 12-week history series I wrote in light of Kent State University’s centennial year.


Reporting from a Bridge game for a day-in-the-life story. Photo by Greg Kahn.

You can also view my clips by publication at the links below. As I update this blog, I’ll assign categories to each posting so they can be viewed in separate listings.

Naples Daily News clips

The Vindicator clips

The Columbus Dispatch clips

Daily Kent Stater clips


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