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Focus on conspiracies, or find out for yourself: a day in the life of an election judge

August 14, 2023 - Join me as I check in with election judges working to keep democracy in action. Felony counts: 0.
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Paddle Up - I learn to kayak after growing up on a lake

July 17, 2023 - Gather round as I join a kayaking class and add a little narrative essay inspired by the ol' stomping grounds (lake)
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They paved a parking lot and put up a garden spot

July 10, 2023 - Brendan Sinclair and Liesel McCleary share about their life starting farms around the US, and what led them to an old st...
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Just toss a pie in my face: attending clown class and easing clown fears

June 26, 2023 - I do what I need for a story. Check out a profile of a clown couple and hear about my dip into clown class.
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It's not only eating green: non-veggie vendors at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks

June 05, 2023 - Check out mini-profiles of a digital artist, a couple running a creamery (and flash-freeze snacks), and a beekeeper
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Pet Portraits! What?!

May 09, 2023 - My latest for the Springfield Daily Citizen is a feature on painter Jane Troup! We talked about how her family's financi...
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What do I do with a half-bottle of glue? A feature on Arrow Reuse Creative

May 02, 2023 - You know all those art supplies you picked up with GREAT enthusiasm... then put in your closet? You can't just throw the...
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Andrea Ehrhardt works as an artist and helps others do the same

April 28, 2023 - Ever felt limited by the myth of the starving artist? I loved interviewing painter Andrea Ehrhardt, who helps people lea...
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Steven Spencer is off to document the Notre Dame Cathedral!

April 05, 2023 - Check out my latest piece for the Daily Citizen on Steven Spencer, who is photographing the reconstruction of the Notre...
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Feature: Jake Wesley Rogers comes home

December 15, 2022 - I loooved chatting with Jake Wesley Rogers, an absolute gem and a charismatic and sensitive musician. You can read allll...
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Feature: Louis Chaix rollerblades across the US

November 21, 2022 - I just wrote this piece on Louis Chaix, a French hockey player who rollerbladed across the U.S. to raise money and aware...
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Tapes are back as artists aim to sell physical copies of music

November 04, 2022 - I had the chance to sit down with Steve Stepp, owner of National Audio Company, and talk about his business as analog mu...
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Feature on Michael Spyres: hillbilly knight and opera superstar!

October 24, 2022 - Check out this piece on Michael Spyres, a self-proclaimed "hillbilly knight" from the Ozarks who is now an opera superst...
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Earthquake piece published!

June 05, 2020 - Years ago I dealt with an earthquake while backpacking solo across New Zealand. I wrote a version of the story that won...
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What's new? Minor League Ballplayers

April 05, 2020 - I am working on a series of interviews with minor league baseball players to find out how they have been affected by COV...
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Catching Up with Jeremy Eierman

June 22, 2019 - Initially posted on my baseball site, Ol' Abner, on March 25, 2018. A few months later Jeremy was drafted in the second...
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When I asked Howard Schultz to wait in line: a tale of baseball as a Starbucks barista, ca. 2015

June 10, 2019 - Initially published on my site, Ol' Abner, on February 12, 2019: Since he's running for a president - I recall the ti...
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"You get to do this" - a chat with Jack Duffy

January 13, 2019 - Originally posted on my website, Ol' Abner, on January 13, 2019. I sat down with Jack Duffy last spring. Soon after,...
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Meet the first African-American Homecoming queen

October 04, 2018 - Although published after I graduated - in line with Homecoming festivities in October - I interviewed Sheila Bouie-Sledg...
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Catching up with Aaron Meyer: "Injuries make you feel how lucky you are"

September 20, 2017 - Originally published on September 25, 2017, on my site Ol' Abner. You remember Aaron Meyer. As a senior second basema...
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Interview with a Ballplayer: Part 2 of 2

August 08, 2017 - Originally published on my site Ol' Abner on July 26, 2017. If you missed it, check out part one. Ryan Casteel plays...
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Interview with a Ballplayer: part 1 of 2

August 01, 2017 - Originally published on my website Ol' Abner on July 24, 2017 I took a photo of this ballplayer in June and I wondere...
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The Ballad of an Unknown Ballplayer

June 30, 2017 - Originally published on my site Ol' Abner on June 29, 2017. I can look him up. He’s already given me his number. It’...
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Volunteer at the speed networking event and help teach students how to engage professionally

May 22, 2017 - As a graduate assistant at Web Strategy and Development at Missouri State University, I wrote about opportunities for al...
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Aaron Meyer, a Senior

April 30, 2017 - I originally published this on April 25, 2017, on my site Ol' Abner. He cracks the ball and races down the basepath,...
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Alumna returns for induction into Public Affairs Hall of Fame

March 09, 2017 - As a graduate assistant, I got to interview notable alumni of Missouri State University. This piece centers on Judith No...
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Alumnus set to film inauguration trip with Chorale

January 08, 2017 - As a graduate assistant, I wrote about Blake Richter, an alum who accompanied the Missouri State Concert Chorale on its...
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Holiday Survival Guide: with help from Mary Poppins

December 13, 2016 - As a graduate assistant at Missouri State, I wrote this whimsical piece about surviving the holidays with humor intact....
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Philosophy is the foundation for alum’s career in human rights

October 31, 2016 - In this recap, alum Andrew Shaughnessy discusses how studying philosophy has helped him advocate for better health care...
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Philosophy alum begins judicial internship

September 27, 2016 - I wrote about Missouri State alumni Thomas Limbrick, who was looking forward to starting a judicial internship in the Mi...
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Encourage current students with BearTalks

September 16, 2016 - As a graduate assistant, I interviewed Christy Dempsey about opportunities for alumni to help current Missouri State stu...
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Go “Into the Streets” and help the Ozarks!

September 13, 2016 - Here is a short piece I wrote about alumni helping with cleanup and other volunteer opportunities during the upcoming "I...
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Watch the Bears at no risk

September 07, 2016 - Here is a piece I wrote encouraging Missouri State fans to watch the basketball team live.
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Alum works third Olympics

September 02, 2016 - Here is a piece I wrote in graduate school about a Missouri State alumni covering the Olympics for NBC Sports.
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Help students flooded with emergencies

August 19, 2016 - Aly Gatwood lost her home in a flood, but t he generosity of others helped her stay enrolled at Missouri State.
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Publication: Oscar Taveras

July 28, 2016 - I wrote this column about Cardinal outfielder Oscar Taveras shortly after he died in an automobile accident. It was publ...
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Missouri State alumni earn Olympic bids

July 21, 2016 - As a graduate assistant at Missouri State, I wrote about alumni competing at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
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Publication: Jerry Lumpe column

June 07, 2016 - One of my favorite people was Jerry Lumpe, a former major league baseball player and my third cousin. He used to play ba...
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First-ever publication (besides newspaper columns)

May 11, 2016 - I recently got my first-ever publication (besides newsletters and newspapers). I wrote about gambling with addicts in Al...
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Alum shares highlights of Chorale at inauguration

May 15, 2015 - As a graduate assistant in the Missouri State's Web Strategy and Development Office, I wrote about an alum who served as...
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