I'm originally from Detroit but my career in journalism has given me the rich experience of living in a dozen different places across the nation.
I spent seven years of my career with United Press International, a wire service serving newspapers and broadcasters. I started with UPI as a reporter in Chicago, opened a bureau in Davenport, Iowa, managed news bureaus in Springfield, Ill., and Salt Lake City and served as a regional executive for California.
I worked in California as an editor for the Daily News of Los Angeles and top editor of the Valley Times in Pleasanton and Press-Courier in Oxnard. I served as the managing editor of the Wichita Eagle in Kansas before moving to Rochester, N.Y. Gannett hired me in October 1999 as managing editor of the Democrat and Chronicle and I was promoted to editor and vice president/news in January 2001.