My first published piece was an Op-Ed for my high school paper, where I lamented about the injustice of the school’s cliques. My opinion about the byzantine enrollment system at the University of Minnesota landed me my second Op-Ed piece; I then started writing about music and worked at a community newspaper, where I won an award for covering the local elementary school’s parking lot debacle. While I was in college I was hired by Request Magazine, a nationally distributed monthly music magazine. After six years there, I freelanced for Rolling Stone, Spin, Billboard and other publications and took a gig as a features writer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, then moved over to the competition, the Star Tribune. After a move to the West Coast in 2008, I slung copy for Microsoft’s Zune and Bing, and KCPQ. As the Digital Lead at KCPQ, I was responsible for driving the station’s digital strategies, but I also wrote a few briefs now and then.