Writing samples

Below is a bit of what I feel is some of my best past writing on a variety of topics. There is reporting, personal column writing and some opinion pieces I really like. Right now, writing is my focus, but I also have video, audio and photography work samples. Some good, others basic.

The Lakeland Times:

Still Water

From Sept. 22-24, veterans of past and present conflicts in which the U.S. armed forces have played a role got together at the Eagle Waters Resort in Eagle River. They were there to fish, and not to fight. In one of my favorite pieces so far at The Lakeland Times, I spent a weekend profiling several wounded warriors as they relaxed by going fishing. 

Northwoods Transit Connections expands under cloud of controversy

On Nov. 17, The Lakeland Times reported on a proposed pilot transportation route for residents of the Minocqua and Woodruff areas which would see individuals transported to Minocqua Winter Park in order to ski and use the facilities at the wooded site. In this piece, I did a bit of investigating and uncovered unintentional misconduct at a government organization which used loopholes to get ahead of private business and didn’t follow rules set by the state. 

Screen Rant:

Lost: 15 Unresolved Mysteries and Plot Holes the Show left Hanging

Whether you watched it or not, Lost was an important television show for much of the George W. Bush administration and the early years of former President Obama’s first term. From 2004-2010, the J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and Jeffery Lieber created series about castaways on a mysterious uncharted island captivated devoted fans, frustrated countless critics with its lack of answers to the questions it raised, and also saved Disney’s ABC television network from ceasing operations. When freelancing for Screen Rant, I wrote list articles like this. According to my former editor, this piece was one of my best. 

15 Most Homophobic Moments on Friends

Whether you loved it or loathed it, the David Crane and Marta Kauffman crafted series about six people living their lives in New York City was a cultural staple for most of the ‘90s and a good deal of the ‘00s. Though buzz about a continuation (and at times, a feature film) has entered the news cycle several times over the past few years, there are a few things that should not make it into a new production of Friends, should one happen. List pieces don’t always have to be boring. With that mindset, I used one to expose some of the more offensive moments in this beloved N.B.C sitcom. 

Regina Leader-Post:

When Trump’s sworn in, I’ll be There

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.

Trump’s inauguration ushers in a new era of hope and doubt

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.

* Note, both of these pieces were subsequently picked up by newspapers in Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver as well as other outlets at the regional level.

Beltway News:

How will history judge President Obama?

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.

Voting against, not for: ‘She’s not Donald Trump’

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.

Best of My Blog:

Why can Americans visit North Korea and not Cuba?

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.”

Trump opens latest hotel in shadow of controversy

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.

Men’s Trait:

Men, Marijuana use and defying the Stigma for good

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.

The wrong lessons to learn from Deadpool

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.