Career

The Independent Florida Alligator. Photo from www.daplus.com.

I'm not quite sure how my interest in journalism was generated. I decided rather randomly to start writing for my high school newspaper when I was a sophomore, and I haven't really looked back since. After a slew of random jobs — three summers as a YMCA summer camp counselor, nearly three years as a busboy for UF's Chi Omega Sorority and a semester as a research assistant for UF's College of Journalism and Communications — I landed a job in May 2007 at the Independent Florida Alligator (pictured to the right; photo from www.daplus.com), where I started out covering Student Government.

For the next seven months, I covered everything from contentious SG elections to Andrew Meyer to protests at former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' appearance at UF. I even had the chance to cover an Gainesville appearance by Governor Crist for The Associated Press. The time proved to be an invaluable experience, and now I have the privilege of serving as the Alligator's managing editor. The 50-hour work weeks can occasionally suck the life out of me — and my grades — but the rush I get from helping an audience of 50,000 students get their news is irreplaceable.

When my term as managing editor comes to a close in April, I hope to serve as editor-in-chief this summer before ending my career at the Alligator. What comes next is anybody's guess. Ideally, I would like to go straight into the field after my May 2009 graduation, possibly combining my love for travel with my passion for journalism and becoming a foreign correspondent. After a distinguished career marked by multiple Pulitzers — hey, a guy can dream, right? — I hope to share my enthusiasm for the field with the next generation by becoming a journalism professor. I guess we'll see where that goes. Keep an eye out for my by-line.