I was midway through my reporting and photography internship at a small newspaper in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., when the editor asked me to pitch in elsewhere that day.
“Have you ever used QuarkXPress?” She asked, referring to the pagination program. I said I hadn’t. “Don’t worry,” she said, “it’s easy. Go lay out page A5.”
And with that, I was a designer.
I didn’t know my career would follow that trajectory, but I’ve embraced it. After spending several years working in media in my hometown of Jacksonville, Fla., I moved to New England, where I edited stories and designed pages at The Boston Globe, a proud news organization that punched way above its weight. I was at The Globe during the high renaissance of Boston sports and helped tell the story of two World Series, two Super Bowls, two Stanley Cup Finals, and two NBA Finals. I also witnessed one of the city’s darkest periods, the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
After seven years in Boston, I made the leap over to the legendary Washington Post — and to digital design. I spent my first two years as a designer on the news desk, focusing primarily on Page One and projects for both print and the Web. In 2016, I bid adieu to print design, and moved to the Homepage Team.
I spent four intense years as a homepage editor, during which I was entrusted with the awesome responsibility or running the page during elections and other huge events. I also kept up my design chops, and my colleagues leaned on me for the presentation of special projects. In a short time, I earned a reputation as, in the words of one of our Politics editors, “the guy who does cool sh*t on the homepage.”
In 2021, my latest adventure got underway when I was tapped to serve as a news product editor, representing the newsroom in the world of product and engineering. Thankfully, my world isn’t all jira tickets and sprints; I occasionally get to contribute to curation experiments with my former homepage teammates. I love every moment of that work.
I live in St. Louis with my wife — a fellow editor — and a dog and a pair of mischievous kittens. When I’m not working or commuting to D.C., I can be found behind a camera, a pastime I’ve been enjoying for nearly 20 years. You can also find me in the kitchen, or out on a long, meandering walk about town.
View my resume below or download it as a PDF.