"All good writing is swimming underwater and holding your breath."
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Everyone learns to write in the 2nd grade. Most go on to greater things."
– Bob Knight
I've written about an ambitious kid from Plum, Pennsylvania, who lied to his parents, snuck $100 into a poker game and turned that night into an NFL career. His name is Pat McAfee.
I uncovered the story of the white sportswriter who, amid death threats and demands he be fired, was brave enough to defend the all-black basketball team in racially-charged 1950s Indianapolis. Sixty years later, Oscar Robertson hasn't forgotten what Bob Collins did for him.
I went back to the beginning – to 1892 – when a new game landed in Crawfordsville, Indiana. They called it Basket Ball.
I exposed the dark reality a bottom-of-the-roster NFL player faces while he battles a concussion for four months, including the drugs, he says, team doctors told him to take and why he refused.
I took readers inside the cozy home of Arlena Smith, where a poor Dayton woman with a boundless heart helped save the basketball career of Hall of Famer Roger Brown.
I recreated the tense final few hours at Butler University as basketball coach Brad Stevens stunned his players, colleagues and the sports world by leaving for the Boston Celtics.
I traced the story of a dreamer from South Dakota who drove 17 hours and slept in the bed of his pickup truck so he could work with a kicking guru who was confined to a wheelchair. Today, Adam Vinatieri, a winner of four Super Bowls, sits third all-time in field goals made.
I spent a night with a deaf high school football team and a blind college basketball fan.
The industry is changing, evolving, adapting, every year, every day, every hour. I still believe great storytelling is great journalism. That's what I try to do.
Indianapolis Colts beat writer and sports enterprise writer, The Indianapolis Star
Butler basketball beat writer, The Indianapolis Star
July 2013-July 2014
Digital producer and sportswriter, The Indianapolis Star
December 2011-June 2013
Sportswriter, The Greenfield Daily Reporter
June 2008-August 2011
Master of Arts, Sports Journalism, Indiana University
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, Indiana University