A northern Illinois native, I began working in journalism at the tender age of 17, writing a politics column for my high school paper. Journalism school at the University of Illinois followed, as did obligaotry stints at Illini Media Company and on WPGU 107.1 

After a period of nomadic employment spanning four homes in three states, I landed in the Chicago Tribune newsrooom as a digital news editor and occasional reporter and columnist.

I'll read almost anything non-fiction, listen to almost anything resembling soul music and root for almost anything from Illinois not named "White Sox" or "Northwestern."