As someone who just moved here from Detroit (the 313), I’m still finding my way around. What buzzes here will depend a lot on you.
In Detroit, I covered some of the usual stuff, like transportation, race relations, politics. But I also wrote about people and places other journalists didn’t: prisons and prisoners, aspiring rappers, graffiti artists, people with addictions, the homeless, gang members, and everyday people. I don’t see much difference between them and me. We’re all reaching for something better, and we’re all a little lost.
I expect to write some of those stories here. At bottom, Toledo’s issues and problems are the same as Detroit’s, or any other city’s. The difference is one of size and scale.
You won’t find a lot of inside politics here. Truth be told, most politicians bore me to death. People are more interesting than issues, and my issues will appear through the lens of real people. I look at community problems through people struggling to overcome them. Most of all, I hope to introduce you to some people and issues that maybe you haven’t thought about.
I’m an opinion writer, but I sure as hell don’t have all the answers. I am grateful for whatever platform I have, and even more humbled by the people who have trusted me with their stories and allowed me into their lives.
As the first person in my family to attend college and the second to graduate from high school, I’ve seen a lot of life outside of journalism. I’ve built houses, worked on assembly lines, sweated in a hospital laundry, and played drums in a band. I’ve knocked people to the canvas and been knocked down myself. All of these experiences have informed my life as much as a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and music, or a master’s degree in communications.
I hope you like what you find here; I know some of you won’t. Either way, it’s nothing to get shook about -- it’s just another point-of-view. I’m often wrong and don’t mind calling myself out when I am. I hope you won’t, either.