Bio: I became a Patch community editor in February 2013 and oversee community engagement, outreach and marketing efforts for a cluster of nine Patch sites throughout Wayne and Macomb counties. Prior to that, I served as editor of Wyandotte Patch since November 2010. Before joining Patch, I had a long career in print media. I worked 15 years at The News-Herald Newspapers – 12 of those as a reporter. I left The News-Herald as its online coordinator in October 2010 to accept a promotion at its sister publication, The Oakland Press. I was there a whopping three days before accepting a position with Patch.
I am a strong believer in community journalism and am hoping to make this site be the best source out there for information about Wyandotte. Over my 15-year career with The News-Herald, I've won numerous statewide writing awards, from covering City Hall corruption to the Detroit Lions enjoying a healthy breakfast with Downriver elementary school students.
Patch is just as much about you as it is about me. If you have a story idea, a hot news tip or just want to chat about your community, feel free to contact me anytime.
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I would call myself a non-card carrying Democrat. I do not belong to the Democratic Party, but align with many of its tenets. I have never voted straight ticket as I believe issues are more important than party affiliation. There have been many Democrats on the ballot who I have passed over because I did not agree with their various stances. I am a diehard believer in freedom of speech, however, and will always defend anyone in being allowed to have a voice, regardless of what message it may be delivering.
I was raised Baptist, but do not attend services. I am open minded to all religions and believe simply waking up early on a Sunday and sitting in a building does not make one religious. Instead, a person's sense of religion/spirituality should rest on the way they live their life and help others.
Local Hot-Button Issues
As with most municipalities these days, all hot-button issues seem to somehow relate to budgeting and finance. As long as civility is at the forefront of those discussions, workable solutions should be the end goal.