Stevie Ryan: 1984-2017

Stevie Ryan: 1984-2017

020 It had been years since I had seen or heard anything from Stevie Ryan, yet news of her death still shook me on Monday night. The prevailing emotion since learning that Ryan hanged herself on Saturday has not been sadness, even though I have felt myself on the...
A public thank you to my co-workers

A public thank you to my co-workers

These co-workers of mine, you guys. What a group. In this piece I wrote not long after switching jobs, I described how hardworking they are while noting their commitment to reporting news accurately, thoroughly and honestly. Little did I know that they’re also...
One Year Sober

One Year Sober

022 The weight of this thing has been getting heavier and heavier for months, which is not how I thought it was going to be. This thing is my sobriety and lately, I’ve often thought about throwing it away. Maybe this will paint a clearer picture: I seriously...
Take a ride with Jon Dore

Take a ride with Jon Dore

010 Jon Dore and I covered a lot of ground while he was covering a lot of ground driving from Asheville to Raleigh. When we spoke on the phone Thursday afternoon, Dore, a brilliantly funny stand-up comedian and Ottawa Senators fan, was on his way to the City of Oaks...
Dominique wins the name game

Dominique wins the name game

  When some people repeatedly say your name in conversation shortly after meeting you, it can be off putting, making you feel like they’re going out of their way to remind themselves of who you are as you discuss politics, religion or something equally...