About the Site
This website was started as part of my MA in journalism and grew to be something much more than just a project. I started out covering local new, events, and places around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Albuquerque is the home of Walter White, a fictional chemist who broke into being bad when he had nothing left. It is also an amazing mix of culture, arts, food, and wonderful people.
After moving to Lawrence, Kansas and taking a position at The University of Kansas it is my goal to use this site to cover the friendly people, wonderful arts, and local talent this free state holds. The beautiful trees and rolling hills are like a colorful painting through my camera lens. My intentions as always are to capture the culture and people behind the stories. Telling the story and sharing that voice is what I enjoy the most.
A bit About Myself
After finishing my Bachelor of Science degree in Interactive Technology (Demo Reel Here) as a Shading and Lighting Artist, I relocated to Albuquerque from northern Colorado. The Sandia Mountains of New Mexico helped me feel at home after leaving the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
My coverage of the 2014 protests in Albuquerque that were the result of a police shooting that killed a local homeless man went viral. After this event I began doing freelance photojournalism for local publications. The Santa Fe Reporter, a news publication operating in Santa Fe, New Mexico brought me on as an Albuquerque correspondent. I met amazing, talented people in the staff and worked in the field with Emmy Award winning journalists. During this time I was able to work with New Mexico PBS on a short film series that highlighted local startup businesses. These experiences in Albuquerque allowed me to meet and learn from some of the top industry professionals.
Before leaving Albuquerque I completed my graduate degree in journalism with a thesis project that took over eight months of planning, interviewing, shooting, and producing. The project, Being Gender puts the focus on the transgender community of Albuquerque as they explain that gender is not black and white but is a spectrum. Being Gender is a documentary short with music from Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu. Being Gender is a success with hundreds of views online. The documentary short also had a special screening during The Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (2014). While completing my MA in journalism I worked as an editor for a large international news agency, PR Newswire. This involved editing large amounts of news and press content while meeting strict guidelines and fast turnaround times.
As my graduate degree program was coming to an end my wife and I welcomed our first child into the world, a lovely daughter. My wife and I made the decision to relocate to the beautiful rolling hills of northeast Kansas where I took a position at The University of Kansas. Since relocating I have written my first novel titled Dirt Face. The novel follows a young adult character in a small town. The character struggles with social norms and drug use while trying to find a meaning in life. The novel covers issues many young adults face as they become lost to society. Thrust into a perplexing world overwhelmed by the cost of reality. Some of the issues covered in my novel are violence, drug abuse, gun deaths, suicide, gender nonconforming, and police corruption. These issues follow the growing societal challenges in the United States.
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You can find my resume here.