I was active with my college newspaper, The Eastern Echo. Before I graduated college, I had my first full-time professional reporting job. I've worked as a reporter at The Marion (Ohio) Star, the Traverse City (Mich.) Record-Eagle and The Saginaw (Mich.) News, with a commitment to public service and watchdog reporting in government and politics. Covers Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the military national security and veterans beats.
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How can you keep the rest of an avocado fresh and green after your avocado toast? (T. Ortega Gaines/The Charotte Observer/TNS)
Lassi and oatmeal smoothies. (T. Ortega Gaines/Charlotte Observer/TNS)
Naan breakfast pizza. (T. Ortega Gaines/Charlotte Observer/TNS)
With his wife Beth taking care of his other cupcake creations, Andy carefully pours cinnamon whiskey into his his freshly baked "Flaming Peach" cupcakes. (T. Ortega Gaines/Charlotte Observer/TNS)
RODEO DANCE--In this Wednesday Sept. 3, 2014 photo, Eliza Wagner, 4, from Fort Madison, Iowa, dances in the aisle during the Tri-State Rodeo in Fort Madison, Iowa. She was at the rodeo with her parents, Toby and Lindsey, and brother, Keller, 2. The rodeo continues through Saturday night with rodeo events and musical performances. (AP Photo/The...