Hometown: Salem, Va.
Birthday: March 22
I'm a graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia. I began my career in 2002 covering local politics and government in Beaufort, S.C. I relocated to Charleston to cover presidential primaries and local and state politics for the Charleston City Paper, South Carolina's largest alternative weekly.
Patch hired me in 2011 to help with presidential primary coverage and as local editor for Goose Creek, S.C. I relocated in Jan. 2013 to become an associate regional editor in Northern Virginia.
My reporting has won awards from the South Carolina Press Association for beat reporting, feature and profile writing, and enterprise stories.
At Patch, we strive for objectivity in every news story. This is a diverse community, and we want to include as many people as possible in the conversation. I want to let you know a little about my background and beliefs. This will put me on the record and help you learn a little more about me.
How would you describe your political beliefs?
I’ve never been a party-line voter and I never will be. My voter registration card has crossed party primary lines for a candidate I believe in. I support local public programs that can build or improve our community, offering resources that a nonprofit or business can’t or won’t. I also believe in individual freedom and personal responsibility. We express that personal responsibility routinely at the polls — I won’t tell you how to vote, but I will tell you to vote.
How religious would you consider yourself?
I was raised in a home where we did not go to church often when I was a child. My parents were very hands-off and not pushy about religion. They let us find our own way and chart our own faith. I began going to church regularly in middle school when I was old enough to enjoy the experience and take something away from the worship. I was baptised in a Southern Baptist church as a teenager. We’ve explored several churches in the past few years. looking for the right fit, but it has been a challenge.