Below is a sampling of what I feel is my best writing on a variety of topics. There is reporting, personal column writing and some opinion pieces I really like as well.
Tomorrow, crowds will swarm the streets of Washington, D.C., American politicians will engage in the annual ceremony that has sustained our southern neighbors for more than two hundred years and Republican Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. In collaboration with Canadian media company Post Media, I covered the inauguration on January 20, 2017. Before that though, I wrote this piece to introduce myself.
While Donald J. Trump’s speech and rioters were the focus of most media coverage during the inaugural ceremonies Friday, supporters and detractors of the one-time real estate mogul also took to the streets of the District of Columbia to voice their concerns and optimism for America’s future. In this piece, I spoke to supporters and detractors of President Trump to ask their thoughts on his new administration. They also ran my photos with the writing.
President Barack Obama’s second term is winding to a close, leading Americans of all stripes to consider how history will interpret his legacy.Once a junior senator from Illinois, Obama made history by defeating Republican nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to become the first African American to hold the presidency. I pitched this as a preview story for my masters degree programs election coverage and worked on it with a peer named Matt Hanan.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Some people have always voted by party. Others feel strongly about a specific issue. Still others are drawn to individual ballot initiatives.This election cycle, some people say they’re voting to prevent someone they don’t like from winning. In this article, my friend Preston Childers and I went to a polling station in Maryland to find out what was causing people to go out and vote. For many, dislike of the other candidate was the key thing.
If you had told me back in 2008 that, in 2015, I would be returning to the famous skirmishes previously portrayed in George Lucas’s epic space saga once more in video game form, I would’ve called you a liar and perhaps even questioned your masculinity or intelligence. I wrote this for a video games blog last year, the site has been turbulent since.
I must confess, while I primarily am an Xbox man, sometimes I explore the games medium on other platforms. One such device that I often enjoy finding hidden gems on is the PC. More than its console brethren, this machine normally used for pornography by most of the world’s population is home to some truly wild and magnificently well done video game design. Of all the pieces that I’ve had the privilege to play, none sticks with me more than Sid Meier’s Civilization. Though I love the series, I wish it showed statecraft ramifications more.
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This Friday, the 2014 Winter Olympics will begin in Sochi, Russia. Athletes from all over the world will come to compete in the Caucasus region. Gold medals will be won, fame will be found and, as always, the problems generated by this global event will be ignored. A good writer challenges the reception of popular events and people, I did that with the Olympics.
“You Americans,” the Dutch woman told me, her cigarette delicately perched between two fingers. Everything about her was brimming with sensuality, but the smoking was particularly sexy. For a special edition of the paper, I wrote a piece on an experience I had with a stranger while abroad. I also discussed differences between nations regarding intimacy and sex.
In the span of the average man’s life, things come up or get done that are unique to that man alone. Some are fairly bland and others are so wild or shocking that one elects to take knowledge of these experiences to the grave. In this piece I wrote about the not-so-dirty secret most men share. A great deal of us these days have smoked marijuana and don’t dare discuss it.
By now, we’ve all seen or are going to see Deadpool, the Ryan Reynolds film that is tearing it up at the box office. Memes featuring the character are proliferating all around the Internet (The Kanye West one was rather chill!) and, as is the trend with any unique and successful film, studio executives all around Hollywood are looking to learn how to ape that financial fortune. Venturing into entertainment writing, I mused on lessons to avoid learning from this historic film that broke records when it was released in mid-February.
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Last Friday, former Cuban President Fidel Castro passed away. Cuban-Americans celebrated in Miami and President-elect Trump threatened to reimpose economic sanctions on the island nation. Here in one of my first long-form explanatory pieces of reporting, I examined United States travel policy. Specifically, I found it odd that Americans can freely visit North Korea, but need special permission to visit Cuba, a nation that though it is communist, can also be considered to be far less repressive than the “Hermit Kingdom.”
A crowd of more than a hundred protesters gathered earlier today on Pennsylvania Avenue to criticize Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his controversial campaign and business practices, while inside he opened his new hotel. Reporting from the streets of D.C., I covered a protest organized by various activist groups outside the Trump Hotel.