Experience

Tim1I grew up in Lincoln, Neb., went to Brown University and later went south to Mexico, Texas and Chile, reporting along the way, learning Spanish and meeting the woman who would become my wife. Now I report, tell stories, take pictures, tweet and more for the Standard-Examiner, a newspaper in Ogden, Utah. I write about Weber County and Ogden city government, immigration, the sizable Latino population here and the push to develop farmland to make way for homes, a touchy issue. Other topics have included the tragic death of a woman with dementia who inexplicably walked out of her home early one morning and froze to death, a group of riled citizens who launched a bid to halt construction of an amphitheater long after work started and a heated school bond issue that caused sparks in Ogden.

                                              ● My resume in PDF and Google documents (or read on).

Work history

The Standard-Examiner, daily newspaper — Ogden, Utah

Reporter, January 2017 – present

I write about politics, people, government, immigration, development and more in Ogden and Weber County, home to some 250,000 people along Utah’s fast-growing Wasatch Front. I knock on doors, seek out public records, attend meetings, work the phones, track social media and read lots of documents to get the story. I regularly handle my own photography, sometimes craft videos and actively use social media — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. I also turn data into tables with Infogram.com. I’m versed in content management systems Libercus and WordPress as well as Excel, Google Drive, DropBox, Pixlr Editor and much more.


The Elkhart Truth, daily newspaper — Elkhart, Ind.

On WNIT's Policitally Speaking

On WNIT’s Politically Speaking, 2014.

Reporter, March 2007 – December 2016

I covered city government in Elkhart, a city of some 52,000. I wrote about national and state issues as they pertain to Elkhart County, kept a blog, focused on people, crunched numbers to make graphics, harnessed social media. Before that, I covered Elkhart County government. I wrote about Obamacare, undocumented immigrants, property taxes, local tea party activists and roundabouts. I helped with packages on the aftermath of the Great Recession, dreamers, the heated tussle between a wood-recycling firm and neighbors. I appeared several times as a political analyst, particularly around election time, on Politically Speaking, a program on the local PBS station, WNIT. I made videos with iPhone/ReelDirector, live tweeted, took and edited photos, handled spot coverage for ElkhartTruth.com. The aim, always, was to inform and connect with readers. I used Instagram, Twitter/Hootsuite, Infogr.amGoogle+, Tumblr, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn.


The Hutchinson News, daily newspaper — Hutchinson, Kan.

With Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Dodge City, Kan.

With Gov. Sebelius, Dodge City, Kan.

Regional reporter, August 2003 – March 2007

I covered 24 southwest Kansas counties out of a one-man bureau in Dodge City — the politics, scandals, quirks. I wrote extensively about the Hispanic immigrant population, drawn by meatpacking jobs. Other topics — a 14-year-old junkyard operator, life for the zone’s homosexuals, the flap surrounding a principal accused with sexually harassing students, moves to lure ethanol plants. I regularly beat local and area media.

 


Christian Science Monitor, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, San Antonio Express-News, Latincom telecom newsletter — Santiago, Chile

With Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, 2002.

With Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, 2002.

Freelance journalist, November 1998 – March 2003

I traveled up and down long, skinny Chile, writing about moves by the Mapuche Indians to recoup land lost to colonization, former dictator Augusto Pinochet’s legal woes, efforts to promote Antarctic tourism via Chile, the telecom sector. I developed contacts in the Chilean government, non-governmental agencies, the telecom industry, working both in English and Spanish.


The Monitor, daily newspaper — McAllen, Texas

Photo Nov 22, 11 17 23 AMCity reporter, April 1996 – April 1998

I was assigned to McAllen City Hall, but also kept tabs on the booming border zone’s infrastructure needs, trade issues. Specific topics included a red hot mayoral race and the longtime incumbent’s defeat, clamoring in a neighborhood prompted by natural gas drilling and happenings across the Rio Grande in Reynosa, Mexico.


United Press International — Mexico City, Mexico

UPI, Mexico City, 1995. On the left.

UPI, Mexico City, 1995. I’m on the left.

Intern, reporter/editor, November 1992 – April 1996

I followed elections and politics, edited copy from reporters based all over Latin America. I also took to the road, covering Pope John Paul II’s 1996 tour of Latin America, Haiti’s 1995 presidential vote from Port-au-Prince and February 1994 peace talks in Chiapas between the Mexican government and Zapatista rebels.

 


Honors

Education/Skills

  • Fluent in Spanish, competent with photography and video. Adept with budgets, numbers, spreadsheets.
  • B.A. political science, May 1988, Brown University, Providence, R.I.
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