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I began my journalism career in college by accident. I worked in college as the web design for the college paper and one night the entire staff was fired except for three people – and I wrote my first news piece and designed my first newspaper. After college, I worked at three of the top newspapers in Georgia, winning awards not only for my writing but design and photography, too .

Over that time I wrote news, breaking news, business, features, sports, and especially entertainment stories. I also interviewed some of the biggest names in music. 

The Written Word

These are just a few links to some of my favorite pieces of that 15 year period, although most of my college work is no longer online.

And here are a few layouts that I designed (along with the ones on the left).

This one a first place AP award.

Professional Awards

Georgia College Press Association:

  • 2008
    • 1st Place – Best Entertainment – Feature Writing
    • Lead college paper to win 10 awards in one single year, including:
      • 2nd Place: Best Website (I designed it)
      • 2nd Place: Best Campus Community Service – News
      • 3rd Place: Improvement
      • 1st Place: General Advertising
      • 2nd Place: Layout and Design
      • 3rd Place: General Excellence

Georgia Associated Press

  • 2009 – 1st Place Graphic Design (Winnersville Classic)
  • 2011 – 2nd Place – Sports Column (NASCAR)

Georgia Press Association

  • 2011
    • 3rd Place: – Sports Column (NASCAR)
  • 2012
    • 3rd Place – Sports Column
  • 2014
    • 2nd Place: Online Photo Gallery (Jason Aldean concert)
  • 2016
    • 1st Place: Layout & Design (The Cherokee Ledger-News)
    • 1st Place: Page One Design (Marietta Daily Journal)
  • 2017
    • 2nd Place: Layout & Design (The Cherokee Tribune)
  • 2018 
    • 3rd Place – Page One Design (The Cherokee Tribune)
    • 3rd Place – Layout & Design (The Marietta Daily Journal)

Artists I’ve Interviewed and/or Worked With

  • Garth Brooks
  • Jason Aldean
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Luke Bryan
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Backstreet Boys
  • Brantley Gilbert
  • Scott Wilson
  • Boyz II Men
  • Lady A
  • Wynonna
  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Brooke Hogan
  • Tyler Hilton
  • Lauren Kitt-Carter
  • Nikki DeLoach
  • Colt Ford
  • Bubba Sparxxx
  • Keith Urban
  • Toby Mac
  • Reba McEntire
  • Charlie Daniels
  • Ryan Caberra
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Mark Wills
  • Rodney Atkins
  • Vince Gill
  • Amy Grant
  • REO Speedwagon
  • Clint Black
  • Rodney Atkins