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I graduated in 2001 from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with a bachelor’s degree in English. From there I entered the newspaper world, serving as an editor, reporter and columnist at three different newspapers in Iowa and Illinois. The Iowa Newspaper Association twice honored me for excellence in column and editorial writing.
In April 2009, I left full-time newspaper work to join my family’s laboratory safety equipment business in a sales/marketing and product management capacity with an eye to taking over full operations when my parents decide to step down. I maintain a part-time relationship with The Times of Ottawa, Ill., as a columnist, copy editor and page designer.
My first taste of professional success was an essay on baseball I penned in March 1997, which was carried by The Sporting News. At the time, I was on the staff of my high school newspaper in Libertyville, Ill., and a youth columnist for the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill.
My wife and I were married in June 2002. Our first son, Jack, was born in April 2004. His brother, Max, was born in March 2008. Someday we’ll probably be a family of five.