I hate flying, but I love on-the-ground reporting — so I spend plenty of time in the air.
My journalistic travels have taken me to all 50 states and 14 countries.
I’ve filed thousands of stories for The Oklahoman (1993-2002), The Associated Press (2002-2005) and The Christian Chronicle (2005-present).
Based in Oklahoma City, I’m also a national freelance correspondent for Religion News Service, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. In addition, I’m a media columnist for GetReligion, focusing on the intersection of religion and journalism.
My byline has appeared everywhere from the Paris-based international wire service Agence France-Presse to the front page of the Los Angeles Times to the website of USA Today.
And talk about burying the lede: I’m crazy in love with my wife, Tamie, a fellow writer and editor, and a super-proud father and grandfather:
• Our son Brady is a youth minister in Texas, where he lives with our daughter-in-law, Mary, and our grandson, Bennett.
• Our son Keaton is a journalism major at Oklahoma Christian University, preparing to intern with The Oklahoman this summer after gaining valuable experience with the Norman Transcript and Oklahoma Watch.
• Our daughter, Kendall, is an education major (and champion debater) at Pepperdine University in California and spending her sophomore year in China.
Besides my family, I’m passionate about my faith, Texas Rangers baseball and country music (the classic kind).
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