I began employment at the Traverse City Record-Eagle in mid-September of 2005. I have had three previous internships at the Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City), The Muskegon Chronicle and Jackson Citizen-Patriot. I graduated from Michigan State University in May, 2005 with a degree in journalism and a cognate in environmental sciences. I had work published in Michigan 24/7 and was a student at The Eddie Adams Workshop in October, 2005. I have had two photos published in MSNBC’s ‘Week in Pictures,’ was second place overall in 2006 for the Michigan Press Photographer’s Association Clip Contest, and am the recipient of numerous other awards in Michigan, Utah and the AP Region 3.