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. I was hired as a junior in college to work at 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 and the Tribune Company. Here are a few news briefs from my stint as the Digital Lead for KCPQ, the Tribune Company’s TV station.

Man Wins Lottery Not Once, But Twice

Feds Say They Won’t Sue Over Pot Use in Washington

State Sees Silver Lining in Revenue Forecast

Budget Deal Reached With $1B for Education, No General Tax Hike

Catch Him If You Can: Man Poses as U.S. Attorney to Get Out of Jail

Some Medical Insurance Plans, Rates Approved for State’s New Health Exchange

Hawaii to Offer Homeless One-Way Ticket Off Island