Growing up, I was always a writer.

But on April 30, 2007, I was given a magazine –  Newsweek’s special edition on the Virginia Tech massacre. With each page came new analysis, a new look at guns, at mental illness, at society; telling the stories of each victim’s life. Article after article explored the tragedy, and my concept of a writer’s role as societal interpreter and documentarian took shape. No longer was writing the act of putting letters on paper. In a time of great pain, simple words facilitated a nation’s ability to comprehend, to grieve, to address the unthinkable. Words – and through them, the reporters – allowed our country to communicate, share and understand a situation, and I knew my words could one day do the same.

That morning, I became a journalist.

The shootings haven’t ended, but I’m still wide-eyed and working for words that help others understand the world around us. Right now, I’m Frederick County’s sole education reporter, tackling budgets, curriculum reforms, student achievement, demographic shifts and so much more — learning about learning every day.

Poke around to read more about me and, if you’re so inclined, drop me a friendly note or a news tip. I’d love to get to know more FredCo faces. Thanks for stopping by!