is a former newspaper reporter, private investigator, marketer, process server and state agency communications director is an assistant professor of convergence journalism at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
He teaches newswriting, multimedia reporting, and multimedia production and management. His interests include how users consume the web, usability, information delivery systems, how information flows and data analysis and visualization. He also worked as an adjunct faculty member at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University.
He has worked as a reporter at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Arizona Republic. His freelance work has appeared in Slate, ESPN: The Magazine, The American Spectator and the Los Angeles Times. He served as the lead investigator in four police brutality cases against “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” and did brand positioning for a number of high-profile civil litigation clients.
He served as the communications director for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, where he was responsible for all internal and external communications. He also served as the agency’s director of information services, responsible for all web presence, social media and IT infrastructure.
He roots for the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Jets and Missouri Tigers. He doesn’t understand why people like basketball. He likes ice cream and thinks the best pulled pork in Missouri is at Chubby’s in Hayti and the best brisket is at Dexter BBQ in Dexter.
He is fond of three-legged dogs.