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.