In college, I asked if my ashes could be mixed into the ink and distributed with the press run when I die. My mother still has baby pictures of me being held by her reporter colleagues at the Miami Herald. Sometimes I watch county commissioner meetings for fun. I’m a newspaper guy.
So why am I leaving my newspaper job for a plucky online startup?
Local news is changing, and I’m anxious to be on the front end of figuring out the best way to deliver it. There’s a huge demand for serious news in this city, but not necessarily how it’s always been done. Plus, Ted desperately needs help with his spelling and grammar.
So a little about me: I’m 27, married, the dad of a brand-new kindergartener in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, a flannel enthusiast, bourbon expert, bookworm, F3 workout guy, and I can reliably hit a mid-range jumper. I’ve been a paid journalist for the past decade, including the last four years at The Charlotte Observer.
I’m here to bring in-depth reporting on the issues important to you and generally move the Agenda toward being the newsroom of the future. I believe in news that makes you smarter. News that solves a problem for you or answers a question. News that forces our city to become a better place.
So forgive me if I bring some old-school journalistic traditions to the Charlotte Agenda. I still want pizza on Election Night and a stack full of notebooks on my desk. Let’s create some new ones, too.
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