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An introduction ...

* From Alabama and lived in the South until age 40.
* Now getting acquainted with Midwestern life.
* Semi-recovering sports writer and print journalist.
* Still chiming in on college sports from time to time.
* Second-generation Auburn graduate.
* My wife and her family went to LSU, as did my brother and sister-in-law.
* Movie junkie. Hit me up with suggestions.

EXPERIENCE

Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind.)
Writer/editor, College of Liberal Arts (2018-Present)
Member of marketing and communications team for Purdue's College of Liberal Arts. Primary responsibility is writing and editing the College of Liberal Arts' THiNK Magazine, which publishes twice per year and details the activities and achievements of the college's students, faculty and alumni. Also responsible for writing and editing event scripts, marketing materials and other content items under the College of Liberal Arts umbrella.

Forbes.com (West Lafayette, Ind.)
Senior contributor (2018-Present)
Producing 5-10 stories per month about college athletics for Forbes' website -- primarily content that focuses on financial issues and statistical trends that mesh with the publication's personality.

ESPN.com (Athens, Ga./Baton Rouge, La.)
LSU/SEC writer (2014-2017)
University of Georgia beat writer (2011-2013)
Joined company as a beat writer covering University of Georgia athletics for ESPN DawgNation, one of initial five school sites on its startup Recruiting Nation network. In 2013, ESPN abandoned school sites and I shifted to a UGA/Southeastern Conference football coverage role. Transferred to LSU/SEC beat in January 2014, providing news, feature and opinion coverage. Made regular appearances on sports talk radio, television and online video, and also contributed to ESPN The Magazine.

Athens Banner-Herald (Athens, Ga.)
Sports editor (2008-2011)
Oversaw five-person sports staff, plus approximately 10 part-time copy editors and freelance writers. Responsible for sports section’s freelance and travel budgeting, as well as planning sports section content, layout and page design, copy editing and writing stories and columns. The Georgia Press Association recognized the Banner-Herald sports section as the best in its circulation class each year I was sports editor. In addition, the Associated Press Sports Editors national organization ranked the ABH sports section among the country’s top 20 small sports sections in three of the four awards seasons.

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, Ga./Athens, Ga.)
Auburn University beat writer (summer 2008)
University of Georgia football beat writer (2006-2008)
Copy editor, Columbus State University beat writer, general assignment reporter (2004-2008)

Initially joined newspaper as a copy editor and page designer, but soon added duties as a general assignment reporter and Columbus State University beat writer. Parlayed success on Columbus State beat into position covering University of Georgia football in 2006. In two seasons on the beat, founded a blog that developed a cult following among UGA fans and generated huge online traffic. Transferred to Auburn University athletics beat in summer 2008.

Cartersville Daily Tribune News (Cartersville, Ga.)
Sports editor (2003-2004)
Assistant sports editor (2001-2003)
After 15 months as assistant sports editor, took over as head of a two-person sports staff in 2003. Planned daily content, page design and layout, and handled most writing and some photography.

Thomasville Times-Enterprise (Thomasville, Ga.)
Sports writer (2000-2001)
Covered high school athletics and occasionally college sports at nearby Florida State University.

PROFESSIONAL

FREELANCE CONTRIBUTIONS:
Forbes.com
AL.com | The Birmingham News
The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
DawgTime Magazine
BamaTime Magazine

ORGANIZATIONS/AWARD VOTING:
Heisman Trophy voter, 2007-2013, 2015-2016
Heisman Trophy voting coordinator for state of Georgia, 2008-2013
Ronnie Lott Trophy voter, 2009-present
Biletnikoff Award voter, 2016-present
Chuck Bednarik Award voter, 2018
Maxwell Award voter, 2018
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award voter, 2007-2010, 2017-18
George Munger Award voter, 2018
Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award voter, 2009-2013
Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award voter, 2007-2010
Georgia Sports Writers Association member, 2004-2011
Football Writers Association of America member, 2006-present
Associated Press Sports Editors association member, 2008-2011
Louisiana Sports Writers Association member, 2016-2017
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) member, 2018

EDUCATION

UNDERGRAD: Auburn University (Auburn, Ala.), Bachelor of Arts, Corporate Journalism, 1999
GRADUATE: Working toward Master of Business Administration with focus in marketing at Purdue University Global; Expected graduation date: Oct. 2020
HIGH SCHOOL: St. Paul's Episcopal School (Mobile, Ala.), 1995

WRITING AWARDS

2018 Associated Press Sports Editors, Project Reporting (second place)
2018 Football Writers Association of America, Enterprise Story (third place)
2017 Football Writers Association of America, Enterprise Story (first place)
2011 Associated Press Sports Editors, Explanatory Story (first place)
2011 Georgia Sports Writers Association, Best Columnist (first place); Best Column (first place); Event Story on Deadline/Pro (second and third place); Feature Story or Series, Non-Deadline/College (second place); Event Story on Deadline/College (third place)
2011 Georgia Press Association, Sports Column (first place)
2010 Georgia Sports Writers Association, Furman Bisher Sweepstakes Award for best story in all categories; Event Story on Deadline/Pro (first and second place); Feature or Series, Non-Deadline/College (first place)
2010 Georgia Associated Press, Sports Writing (second place)
2010 Georgia Press Association, Sports Writing (third place)
2009 Georgia Sports Writers Association, Event Story on Deadline/College (first place); Best Columnist (second place); Outdoors Writing (third place); Best Column (third place)
2008 Georgia Sports Writers Association, Outdoors Writing (first and second place); Amateur Non-Scholastic Sports (second place)
2007 College Football Blog Awards, Best Mainstream Media Blog nominee
2007 Georgia Press Association, Sports Writing (second place)
2006 Georgia Sports Writers Association, Outdoors Writing (first place)
2003 Georgia Press Association, Sports Writing (second place)

EDITING AWARDS

2018 American Advertising Awards (North Central Indiana), Silver Addy Award
2012 Associated Press Sports Editors, Best Sports Section (top 10); Best Sunday Section (honorable mention)
2011 Associated Press Sports Editors, Best Special Section (top 10); Best Sports Section (honorable mention)
2011 Georgia Sports Writers Association, Best Sports Section (first place); Best Sunday Section (first place); Best Section Layout (first place)
2011 Georgia Press Association, Best Sports Section (first place)
2010 Associated Press Sports Editors, Best Sunday Section (honorable mention)
2010 Georgia Press Association, Best Sports Section (first place)
2010 Georgia Sports Writers Association, Best Sports Section (first place); Best Sunday Section (first place); Section Layout (second place); Best Special Section (third place)
2009 Associated Press Sports Editors, Best Sports Section (honorable mention); Best Sunday Section (honorable mention); Best Special Section (honorable mention)
2009 Georgia Press Association, Best Sports Section (first place)
2009 Georgia Sports Writers Association, Best Sports Section (third place); Best Sunday Section (third place); Best Section Layout (second place); Best Special Section (second place)