Public records reporter
2013-present: public records reporter, WRAL.com; 2012-present: adjunct lecturer, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication; 2010-2013: freelance reporter, various publications; 2011-2013: managing editor, Reporters' Lab at Duke University; 2010-2011: student media adviser, North Carolina State University; 2008-2010: Web producer, News 14 Carolina; 2007: Dow Jones Newspaper Fund copy editing intern, The Wall Street Journal.
I've never been one for the media scrum. I find my favorite stories in the places where people seldom look: the records and data generated by governments and paid for by citizens. Public records belong to us, and they can help us peer behind the curtain of the businesses and bureaucracies that surround us to see how their inner workings affect our daily lives. That last part - telling stories that matter to people - is important. To quote the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Charlie LeDuff: "Get it right. Don't be boring."
B.S., Science, Technology & Society, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 2008
Elizabeth City, N.C.
Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:
Carpentry, N.C. State tailgating (Go Pack!), Eastern North Carolina barbecue, social media, video games, learning programming, passionate about teaching and mentoring college journalists
Married to Katie, owner of a 70-pound mutt named Murphy
Poynter, Gawker, XKCD, IRE, Boing Boing
Favorite Books, Shows & Movies:
"The Wire," "Doctor Who," "Futurama," "Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut, "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R.R. Martin, "Die Hard," "The Fifth Element," "Star Wars"
Likes Best About North Carolina:
I was born, raised and educated here, and whether I'm in Murphy or Manteo, it will always feel like home.