At the age of 18, I walked into the newsroom of The Crimson White student newspaper at the University of Alabama and said, “What do I do to work here?” I walked out with an assignment and a career.
After graduation, I spent 31 years in daily journalism, mostly in Atlanta. I was a reporter, editor and assistant bureau chief at The Associated Press for 17 years, followed by 10 years as an editor and reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
I was coordinator of student publications at Georgia Perimeter College for three years, reviving an out-of-business student newspaper in fall 2009. The paper, The Collegian, was a Pacemaker Award finalist for the 2010-2011 year. A fall 2011 edition also won a “best of show” award at the National College Media Convention in Orlando.
A budget meltdown hit my college in summer 2012, and I was one of more than 200 laid off. I freelanced for a hospital magazine and worked some writing shifts at CNN Digital while looking for another student media job.
The search finally paid off. On Jan. 1, 2014, I joined Georgia Southern University as director of student media.