My first full-time job in the news business was for a paper outside of Peoria covering the local farm beat. It was a long way from a glamorous life and had me spending most of my days traveling the lonely roads of west-Central Illinois looking for stories.
My wife and I moved to the suburbs in 2000 and I began working immediately at a community newspaper in Downers Grove. That's where I had been since I came to work for Patch. I did just about every job in the newsroom at one time or another, and loved every minute of it.
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I suppose it's no great surprise to find a liberal journalist. I wish I could say I broke the mold, but I tend to take a pretty liberal view most of the time. I find the older I get, though, a little more likely I am to moderate on certain topics, especially those that affect my family.
Searching for faith.