I’ve been published in The Badger Herald, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Madison Magazine, Isthmus, Birds & Blooms magazine and behindthchair.com ON PAPER.
Here’s a few of my favorite stories:
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Serenade at 4th and State
To do this story about American Idol auditions, I arrived at the Bradley Center at about 6 a.m. From there, I spent the entire day running from the auditions to the office to work on the story. Twelve hours later, with tired feet, I left for home feeling worn out, yet accomplished. On the drive home, I learned the story would be on the front page—and it was one of the proudest moments of my career.
A Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger? Only at the State Fair
Each year of the Wisconsin State Fair is a challenge to top the previous year’s food selection. The year 2010 was hard to beat in that respect, as the food of the year to indulge in was the Krispy Kreme cheeseburger. With a notebook and recorder in hand, I went to the Machine Shed booth, watched people order the dish and asked them about their donut/burger/cheese/bacon/chocolate concoction.
Then, I brought four back to the office.
Gokey goes the distance, traveling overnight to Brew City
What I learned from this story: Danny Gokey is the Conrad Birdie of Milwaukee.
Daughter carries on Shari Lewis’ Lamb Chop routine
I grew up watching Lamb Chop on TV. I even played with a toy version of her. So sitting two feet away from her to ask her questions was one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever had. This is by far my favorite interview of all time.
Curb magazine is an annual project of the UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication as part of the J417 class. Here’s how it works: students apply for entrance into this class like they would apply for a job, and the lucky few who make the cut are assigned positions on the team. From there, they make a magazine from scratch–in just 11 weeks. The only thing that must stay the same from year to year is the name of the magazine. Other than that, it’s wide open.
I won the editor-in-chief position and led 19 peers to create Curb as a women’s magazine–“the magazine with moxie.” (The previous year’s edition was a men’s magazine, so it seemed only fitting.) In those 11 weeks, we created a media kit; sought advertisers; secured a printer; pitched and created all print, online and multimedia content; designed the entire magazine; created a brand new website, launched social media and hosted a kickoff party. It was a lot of work, but I’m still so proud of the final result.
The Badger Herald
Madison’s support system
There’s nothing I love more than discovering something—a person, a little shop, a band, a new restaurant—and sharing the backstory behind it. That feeling that you’re onto something is electric, and that’s how I felt when I first started writing this story, about Madison’s local lingerie shop.
For Whom the Bells Toll
The UW-Madison campus is home to one of Wisconsin’s three carillons. Most of the student body assume the music they hear between classes is automated—but they’re wrong. This is the story of Lyle Anderson, the man behind the instrument. It was selected for publication on Corkboard, an online journal for literary pieces.
Valentine’s Day story
For a college class about nonfiction reporting, we were told to “go write something about Valentine’s Day.” The final stories the 15 of us produced were wildly different; some went to the bars for horror stories, others went to lingerie shops. I went to a scrapbooking store and watched a roomful of little girls make valentines from scratch.
I’ve written columns, reviews of concerts and films, festival coverage, previews, the list goes on. Email me if you’d like to see something else!