Greetings and salutations.
I’m a proud, though newly minted, Detroiter. I come to this city by way of Brooklyn by way of Denver.
I am the author of the forthcoming book “Detroit Hustle,” a memoir of rebuilding a house and find a home in the most magical and complicated of cities. It is being published in Spring 2016 by Running Press.
My bread and butter is covering small business in the country’s greatest city for innovation, entrepreneurship and community building. I am reporting on the rise of Detroit from inside the city’s bars, machine shops, tech ventures, retail hubs and other maker/creator spaces. I come prepared with my own pair of Carhartt bibs, every grease stain earned in service to my father’s small excavating company.
I also know a fair amount about urban renewal and rural poverty.
I am a Knight-Wallace Fellow, class of ’13, and an alum of Crain’s Detroit Business, CNNMoney and USAA, where I helped military families make smarter choices about their money. I also have a background in enterprise and investigative reporting.
One of my proudest accomplishments? Helping start the Jackson Free Press in Mississippi.
My career has taken many turns, but my guiding principle is this: Go where you can make a difference, whether it is guiding military families in preparing their finances for deployment or uncovering corruption in city government. In doing so, my teams have won the IRE, Loeb, John Bartlow Martin, Livingston and many more awards.
I decomplicate tough topics. I write. I edit. I do teevee and radio. I CMS like a madwoman. I especially SEO.
Also: I love cowboy boots, camouflage and pitbulls.