My family moved around a lot as I was growing up. As a result, I got to see a lot of the country and meet a lot of different people. I learned along the way that people aren’t as different as we would sometimes like to believe. And I heard a lot of great stories along the way.
I have always loved good stories. I grew up in a family of great storytellers. So I guess it was natural that I gravitated toward books and movies as a kid and then chose journalism as a career.
I made that choice early, in my sophomore year in high school in Hutchinson, Kan. My first paying job was taking obituaries at The Hutchinson News. I helped cover a presidential election before I was able to vote in one, and I was hooked.
I continued my journalism education at the University of Kansas. I worked in print or radio newsrooms for 23 years. I got to meet some wonderful people and tell some amazing stories. But in August of 2011, I decided it was time to start a new leg of my journey.