Birthday: October 20
I grew up on the North West side of Chicago and lived there until high school, when my parents moved us to a remote town in northern Illinois. It didn’t take long for me to come back, however, and I attended college at DePaul University. There, I developed an affinity for news thanks to Chicago journalist Carol Marin and her Producer Don Moseley—my old internship bosses.
As a native Chicagoan, I know the value of hard work and I know what it means to burn the midnight oil. That, combined with an ocean liner full of luck, is what landed me the job as Local Editor for Homewood-Flossmoor Patch. It also brought me, for the first time, to Chicago’s Southland. For this, I’m eternally greatful as working in H-F has undoubtedly been the most intense and valuable learning experience of my life.
I play guitar and drums and I used to play in a punk rock band. I also make short comedy films under the moniker Ratt Bros. Studios. Cooking and eating are also strong passions of mine. As the old Journey song goes, “(I) like a lot of things.”
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I like to stay as well-informed as possible on the current political climate and make objective decisions based on that.
I believe in tolerance.
Local Hot-Button Issues
Homewood and Flossmoor are lucky to exist in a relatively placid environment, but there are most assuredly things to pay attention to. Tax money ependitures, H-F's transition from "Mayberry" to modern times and local business are all a few of the many things on my radar.