I am an editor, writer, author, food lover, outdoor enthusiast, and all-around quirky guy. Chicago is my current home, but I grew up in South Bend, Indiana. I am a Hoosier who loves life in the big city!
In 2003, I founded the video game website Game Freaks 365, which attracted over 130,000 unique monthly viewers at its peak. In 2014, I became the editor of the South Bend Voice, a website which quickly grew to become a leading news source in the region. I led the South Bend Voice's news gathering efforts, managed its social media strategy, and edited in-house and user-submitted content. Most recently, I have worked as a transcript editor for 3Play Media.
I am also an avid reader, enjoy exercise, cherish friendships, and relish a good meal -- whether it is prepared at a family-owned restaurant in Edgewater or in my own kitchen.
Created videos for the Game Freaks 365 and South Bend Voice YouTube channels using Adobe Premiere, edited audio using Audacity, and utilized Adobe Photoshop to create graphics for the websites and social media platforms. My skills include audio and video recording; audio, video, and photo editing; and closed captioning.
Led social media strategy for Game Freaks 365 and South Bend Voice, developing Facebook and Twitter accounts from scratch, generating nearly 600 Facebook likes, 900 Twitter followers, and 600 YouTube followers through viral marketing on a $0 budget.
Updated websites with fresh content through WordPress content management system, managed an editorial calendar with a minimum of four long form articles daily, broke important local and national stories utilizing social media, and interviewed local leaders, community activists, and residents from diverse backgrounds for news stories and features.
Featured author on Amazon.com, Apple's iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and other leading retailers. Real-life events inspired the short story Ozzy (2011), which follows events surrounding the life and death of my grandparents. Operation Bald Eagle (2012) was my first attempt at a spy novella, taking readers inside the role of a CIA operative. Its sequel, Dusk Before Dawn (2013), predicted the Russian invasion of Ukraine in a plot that weaves international intrigue with the ugly underbelly of American presidential politics.
Authored two peer-reviewed academic papers and published research on sanctuary cities. My research on sports development appeared in the Indiana University South Bend Undergraduate Research Journal. I documented the lack of financial aid options for undocumented students in a paper published in the Indiana University South Bend Graduate Research Journal.