I am a 29 year old Marine Corps veteran and Purple Heart recipient of both Iraq and Afghanistan that was medically retired on December 30, 2012 for post-traumatic stress and multiple traumatic brain injuries. Both during and after my military career, I wrote first-person and objective journalism pieces for the New York Times which explored post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, mental health treatment within the military and the internal consequences taking an enemy insurgent has on service members.
On May 1, 2013, I was awarded the Dart Award from The Dart Center at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for my work in the Times. Following my retirement, I was a staff writer at The Daily News in Jacksonville, N.C., where I covered military and veterans affairs across Eastern North Carolina, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River and all subordinate area bases.
On May 22, 2014, the American Legion announced that my work for The Daily News which exposed how government sequestration, in July of 2013, had resulted in the furloughing of thousands of civilian mental health providers aboard military bases across the country, had earned me the 2014 American Legion Fourth Estate Award.
After more than 18 months at The Daily News, I left my position in order to attend the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where I will refine my craft across all journalistic platforms. In addition to my admission, I was also invited by Columbia University to further my studies at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism aboard campus.
Originally from Boston, I was stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. for the majority of my military career. Upon retirement, my wife, Melinda, and I chose to reside in Richlands, N.C. with our daughter Madison. While I have relocated in order to attend school at Columbia University, I will return to North Carolina upon graduation and pursue a position at a national print publication.