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About Me

I've never been content with only having one career.

I operate an I.T. firm that provides in-person technical support in Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa and remote support in 29 countries. I've been in the tech industry since I was a junior in high school (2004 - Present).

I've worked in radio and broadcast media since my first stint in college back in 2005. In that time, I've worked in numerous AM/FM radio markets, served as a syndication director for a national radio program, and was the program director for a broadcast network with broadcast affiliates in 29 countries, which aired on AM/FM, Internet, shortwave, and pirate radio stations. Currently, I operate an Internet radio network, Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network, which has been running since December 31, 2018.

I have been a freelance journalist -- print, digital, and video -- since March 2009. One of my first forays into journalism was in the early heydays of Bleacher Report. While working for a print newspaper group in 2016, I founded my own digital media enterprise, Heartland Newsfeed. I'm the editor-in-chief, the webmaster, and the technical support guy all in one position at this time.

While not listed, I am a contributing sportswriter for Ambush Sports Network, MySportsVote, and the Midwest Sports Network (not to be confused with the YouTube channel of the same name). I am a former contributor to the sports website Overtime Heroics.

Most of my writing portfolio can be found on Authory. I keep some of my portfolio on MuckRack as well, but it is not regularly updated.

Industries I Write About




Law & Politics

My Writing Samples

Nokomis council addresses brown water complaints

The Nokomis City Council met in its regular session on Monday, July 11. There were complaints relating to the declining quality of its water.


NWA wrestler Joseph Hudson has passed away

Somber news comes from the headquarters of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) overnight. Joseph Hudson, better known as Josephus Brody, Josephus, and The Question Mark, has passed away from a yet-to-be-diagnosed medical issue.


Greenville women lose two road games to Adrian College

The Greenville University women’s basketball team opened their 2021 season Friday night, Jan. 15. The Lady Panthers would tip-off against the Lady Bruisers of Adrian College in an away game.


De La Fuente, Richardson tapped for Alliance Party presidential, VP ticket

Rocky De La Fuente and Darcy Richardson became the Alliance Party presidential ticket via a 24-2 vote Saturday during their virtual convention.




Manage operations of a daily digital news website, which includes reporting on local, Illinois, and Missouri news, as well as editing stories from the major newswires (AP, Reuters, UPI).

Company: Heartland Newsfeed

I worked there from 12/2016 until now

Freelance Journalist

I've been a freelance journalist since 2009, writing for numerous print and digital publications.

Company: Freelance

I worked there from 3/2009 until now

Editorial Assistant

Continues prior duties that I would previously perform as an independent contractor and formerly as a part-time employee. Employment ended on December 31, 2021.

Company: Pana News Group / Southern Illinois LOCAL Media Group

I worked there from 1/2021 until 12/2021

Political Beat & Feature Writer

Covers municipal meetings for the villages of Coalton and Raymond and the city of Witt. Will occasionally cover for other meetings and sporting events as needed. Employment ended on January 19, 2021 due to assignment of new duties under a new position.

Company: Pana News Group / Southern Illinois LOCAL Media Group

I worked there from 1/2018 until 1/2021

Political Beat & Feature Writer, Website Administrator

Often covers for the managing editor at the city council and village board meetings in the city of Nokomis and the villages of Ohlman, Coalton, and Wenonah in case there are prior engagements. Will sometimes contribute additional content to the newspaper during slow news weeks and help with media coverage of high school sporting events. The assignment ended due to Pana News Inc. being purchased in December 2017 by Paddock Publications/Daily Herald Media Group.

Company: Pana News, Inc.

I worked there from 2/2016 until 1/2018

Content I Write