Prior to moving to Chicagoland, I spent 1,300 days in Alaska as a writer, reporter and Associated Press photographer. I wrote about volcanic activities, commercial and sport fishing, mining industries, frontier crime, state and local government, and wildlife.
I have a bachelor's in journalism from Kansas State University, and a master's in journalism from Northwestern University. Incidentally, both schools share the same mascot and colors. Believe me: I had nothing to do with that.