Welcome to my website. I'm a journalist based in Chicago, currently working for USA TODAY where I heavily focus on LGBT issues in the sports world and where I’ve covered college and pro basketball for the past six years. My enterprise work on homophobia in sports and openly-gay athletes/coaches has been nationally acclaimed, and I’ve contributed to coverage of the London (2012) and Rio (2016) Olympics.
I've had my work shared in major publications such as Sports Illustrated and The Washington Post. And I've been showcased as an analyst on ESPN, FOX, CBS, NBC and Yahoo! Sports. On the side, I'm authoring a book on mental health starring my late father. When I'm not near a keyboard, I'm likely training for a marathon (No. 11 is in April). My personal passions include volunteer endeavors with Agape (Africa), Big Brothers Big Sisters (Los Angeles) and American Cancer Society (San Diego).
At USA TODAY Sports, I’ve written the NCAA hoops columns: Bracket Briefing, Bubble Tracker, Starting Five and Basketball Brunch, while honing a Bubble Watch video series. I also projected the 68 NCAA tournament teams in my preseason countdown and covered the Final Four, NBA playoffs and NBA draft. Earlier in my career, I wrote for the Washington Examiner and SLAM Magazine.
I’ve been featured on several popular websites such as ABC News, CNN.com, Rolling Stone, Bleacher Report, For The Win, Huffington Post, SB Nation and MSN. I’ve also had my work featured in a wide array of national newspapers, including: *The Arizona Republic, *Chicago Sun-Times, *Cincinnati Enquirer, *Cleveland Plain Dealer, *Coloradoan, *Dallas Morning News, *Detroit Free Press, *Des Moines Register, *Florida Today, *Indianapolis Star,
*Louisville Courier-Journal, *New York Daily News, *Oregonian, *Seattle Times, *St.Louis Post-Dispatch, *Syracuse Post-Standard, *Tennessean and Tulsa World. I am a graduate of Illinois State University, where I established my fundamentals with The Daily Vidette as a three-year sports editor. Growing up in a town of 500 people in rural Illinois, this profession has taken me across the country — living in Washington D.C. for three years and Los Angeles for two.