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Hey, it’s me. Welcome to my corner of the world.
I was born in southern Indiana in a place called Huntingburg. I still occasionally have the opportunity to drive through the small city of 6,000, which embodies all the charm of small-town America, complete with a quaint downtown and a seemingly endless supply of driveway basketball hoops.To know where you are going, you must always know where you have been. And this is where it started for me.
I grew up in Chandler, a one-stoplight town of 3,000 nine miles north of the Kentucky border. After graduating from Castle High School, I received a journalism degree from Indiana University and a Masters of Jurisprudence in Health Law from Loyola University Chicago.
For most of my career, I worked for a Washington, D.C.-based international news organization as a Chicago-based writer and analyst. While my journalism focused mostly on the health care industry and government regulations regarding health care, I also wrote on many other various segments of industry and government, including but not limited to the environment, taxes, antitrust and labor.
I’ve written three books that I’m very proud of: One More Trip: Jon Wayne’s Journey from Addiction to Redemption (2107), The Ghosts of Wheaton: How the ‘Red Grange’ Tigers Conquered Illinois High School Football ( 2015) and The Road to Paradise: How the 1982 Castle Knights Upset Indiana High School Football (2012).
In my free time (when’s that, right?) I enjoy crossword puzzles, photography, reading, hiking Europe and playing golf, a game I love dearly but which doesn’t always love me back with the same fervor.
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