I grew up in suburban Detroit, reading Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom, and loving what he was able to do with words. I wanted to be him. I even have a report I wrote in 8th grade (printed on a dot matrix printer!) entitled, “What I want to be when I grow up: A Sportswriter.”
I attended Northwestern University to study journalism, interned at papers in Lexington, Ky., San Bernardino, Calif., and after my senior year, the Detroit Free Press, where I met my idol, Mr. Albom, just months after winning his writing scholarship.
I spent seven months at The Kansas City Star covering primarily high schools for a suburban community edition, then moved on to Dallas at The Dallas Morning News. I covered SMU sports, the Dallas Mavericks and sports features before moving on to Cleveland to write about sports features for The Plain Dealer.
I’ve written about everything from 8th grade football players deciding where to attend high school, to Mark Cuban’s first full year as owner of the Dallas Mavericks, to LeBron James coming to Cleveland, leaving and then returning, to former Akron football players who got hooked on painkillers and overdosed on heroin, to a couple miserable Cleveland Cavaliers seasons.
I love my schnoodle, Maverick, my husband, Nate, and reading and writing anything that makes the world around me disappear.