I grew up on Mt. Oread, a hill we call a mountain in Kansas, surrounded by artists in a community that pushes the limits for artistic expression. It was only natural that as a resident of Lawrence I would be drawn to the arts, photography in particular. I left one "K" state for the other one when I decided to follow my dream and get a degree at Western Kentucky University. It was there that I saw that my Mt. Oread was but a small hill in comparison to the rolling terrain of the Bluegrass State. I have a Bachelors of Arts in Photojournalism and Political Science. I have spent time working as an intern at the Topeka Capital-Journal, The Oregonian and the Monroe Evening News and a fellow at the Patriot-News. I was a videographer and photojournalist at the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Il. Currently I am a Photo Editor for the Associated Press at their headquarters in New York.