Hello! To most people, I’m Laura’s husband, George’s dad, and a crab cake lover from Maryland. But if you’re here because of my work, I’m a writer and editor in Charlotte, North Carolina.
I’m Southern bureau chief for Axios, overseeing Local newsletters in Charlotte, Raleigh, Nashville, Atlanta and New Orleans. Before that I was editor of Axios Charlotte, a media company with a daily newsletter that goes out to about 120,000 subscribers each morning. You can sign up here.
My first book, co-authored with Nick Ochsner, on the characters and circumstances that contributed to the largest case of election fraud in U.S. history, was published by UNC Press’ Ferris & Ferris on Nov. 16, 2021.
My work’s been published in The Guardian, ESPN, Garden & Gun, The Oxford American, POLITICO, SUCCESS, Washingtonian, Our State, Southwest: The Magazine, and SB Nation Longform.
I was the editor of Charlotte magazine from 2013 to 2017, and the back-page columnist from 2017 to 2019.
Stories I’ve written have been recognized by Best American Sports Writing, Best American Essays, Nieman Storyboard, longform.org, and longreads.com. I’ve been a presenter at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference and the Poynter Institute. In May 2017, the City and Regional Magazine Association named my three-part series on a high school football team its feature of the year, and Charlotte magazine was a finalist for general excellence.
From 2009 to 2013, I was a staff writer and editor at Our State magazine, where our team won Folio: Magazine Gold Awards in 2011 and 2012. From 2001 to 2009, I was a newspaper reporter with The Fayetteville Observer, Rocky Mount Telegram, and The Winchester Star.
I’ve written for The Associated Press, The Carolina Public Press, Uproxx, Business North Carolina, Superintendent, Thrillist, NASCAR.com, Triad Golf Today, Midwest Living, the Greensboro News & Record, Winston-Salem Journal, High Point Enterprise, Duke Energy, and several alumni magazines.
I’m a graduate of High Point University, and in fall 2013 I was the school’s Young Alumni of the Year.
Before all of that, I grew up in Maryland, where I delivered pizzas in 30 minutes or less and layered butter on movie-theater popcorn. I spent my summers working as first mate on my dad’s charter fishing boat on the Chesapeake Bay. I miss him like crazy.