January 2010 to May 2012: Western Kentucky University Talisman yearbook staff writer
January 2012 to May 2012: WKU College Heights Herald features writer and copy editor
June 2012 to August 2012: Fort Knox Army base public affairs office staff writer
August 2012 to December 2012: WKU Herald copy desk chief
December 2012 to May 2013: WKU Herald editor-in-chief, compiled data for WKU Honors College thesis
June 2013 to August 2013: Fort Lewis Army base PAO staff writer
August 2013 to February 2014: Bowling Green Daily News police/crime beat reporter
February 2014 to April 2015: Daily News business beat reporter
May 2015 to present day: City-County Planning Commission of Warren County planner I
I passed this sign every morning on the way to work at Fort Knox. It was about a block away from our office.
I traveled to Lake Tahoe, Calif., during spring break my senior year of college to gather information for my thesis. That water was mighty chilly.
This was one of my favorite interviews. Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, Medal of Honor recipient, spoke to Cadets at Fort Lewis when I interned there. / Photo courtesy of Heather Cortright
This was more play than work, but I wanted to take advantage of the scenery the day the Fort Lewis interns went to Olympic National Park, home to the Hoh Rainforest. / Photo courtesy of Cydney McFarland
One of the benefits of being the college newspaper editor is getting to meet Henry Winkler when you’re a moderator for a panel at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest.
At the Daily News, I covered a sports complex burning to the ground and a high-speed chase ending in a woman’s death, met Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and observed the National Corvette Museum’s 20th anniversary, along with writing about murders, robberies, entrepreneurs and multi-million-dollar company relocations.