-Published approximately 2,000 articles during seven-year career in newspaper reporting; required speed, accuracy, high degree of comfort conducting rapid research on a wide range of topics and interviewing a wide range of personalities while meeting a deluge of unforgiving daily deadlines.

-Wrote investigative, enterprise, spot news, features, analysis pieces and columns on nearly every sector of the U.S. economy, government, police, courts, politics, environment, and more.

-Worked for several daily and community newspapers in Alabama and Pennsylvania.

Newspaper Publications

  • The changing of the guards: Bay Minette, election night, "Nearly five years later, the specter of the 2002 Alabama gubernatorial election lives on." Published, 7/2007. Full Article.
  • Scranton’s burgeoning Indian community putting down roots and sharing culture, "The chanting of a Hindu prayer could be heard faintly on the streets of Petersburg Corners in Scranton." Published, 9/13. Full Article
  • Gas driller cited for violation after environmentalist takes photos, "A state investigation sparked by a local environmentalist who rented an airplane to gather photographic evidence has revealed an unreported contaminate release at a natural gas drilling site in Wayne County." Published, 12/09. Full Article.
  • Violence at federal prison in Wayne County nothing new, some blame staffing levels, "Over the past six months, there have been at least seven violent altercations involving weapons at the federal prison in Wayne County, including two in which inmates attacked prison staff." Published, 3/13. Full Article
  • Mystery of Bethany Bones still unresolved, "She was laid to rest in late summer in an old cemetery along the banks of Dyberry Creek." Published, 11/11. Full Article
  • Dunmore landfill accepting gas drilling waste that may be radioactive, "Keystone Sanitary Landfill in Dunmore has accepted tons of gas drilling waste that can contain radioactive material and heavy metals, according to documents obtained by The Sunday Times." Published, 2/11. Full Article
  • Wealth denied, "Standing on a hilltop above his Wayne County cattle farm, Bob Rutledge surveys rolling hills and a sea of green grass." Published, 6/13. Full Article
  • Trash, toxic emissions up at local landfills, "With more trash coming into Keystone Sanitary Landfill in Dunmore, dangerous air emissions are on the rise, a Sunday Times analysis of state records found. The review also found the state Department of Environmental Protection relies upon the landfills to monitor air quality and report problems." Published, 3/11. Full Article.
  • Carbondale man struggles to rebuild charred family home before judicial sale, "With a hammer and crowbar, Joe Cron puts his back into pulling a dream from the ashes of his worst nightmare." Published, 3/12. Full Article.
  • Two years later, some normalcy returns to river communities, "Bob Ell built his dream cottage in Exeter Twp. because of the Susquehanna River that usually snakes silently along a bend through this rural Wyoming County community." Published, 9/13. Full Article
  • Small town, big pay: Honesdale code officer draws more than $800,000 in seven years, "Honesdale's full-time zoning and code enforcement officer raked in $804,277 in the past seven years, a Sunday Times review of public records found." Published, 12/10. Full Article
  • Four state agencies probe misuse of taxpayer money in Starrucca borough, "The state's top law enforcement and ethics agencies are investigating allegations of the abuse of taxpayer money involving the repair of a dilapidated bridge solely benefiting two former Starrucca councilmen, plus other financial improprieties, Wayne County District Attorney Michael Lehutsky and council President Jack Downton confirmed Wednesday." Published, 3/11. Full Article
  • NEPA schools preparing workers for jobs in gas-drilling industry, "With the boom in Marcellus Shale natural gas development throughout the region, area educational institutions are growing to keep up with work force demands," Published, 6/10. Full Article
  • Point, click, arrest, "Local law enforcement and the courts are turning to social media to help get inside the minds of criminals. While old-school detective work is not fading away, investigators can now scour a vast storehouse of information about people, often without their knowledge, because of the wide use of popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter." Published, 4/13. Full Article.
  • System putting strain on cops, "Sometimes a quiet problem announces itself with a loud bang. When a Dickson City part-time police officer crashed into a utility pole after falling asleep at the wheel of a department-owned SUV in May, it revealed a problem." Published, 5/11. Full Article
  • Blaze rips through Dickson City home; 'I don't know where we are going to live,' victim says, "Sherri Branch had hoped to unwrap presents with her daughter Claudia on Christmas Day." Published, 12/11. Full Article
  • Mellow case remains secret as plea nears, "As Robert J. Mellow prepares to plead guilty Friday to a federal public corruption charge, much about the government's case against the former state Senate minority leader remains cloaked in secrecy." Published, 4/12. Full Article.

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Environment/Energy

  • Cabot pulling out of Wayne County over natural gas drilling moratorium. HONESDALE - A major player in the Marcellus Shale drilling boom is pulling out of Wayne County, placing an estimated 9,200 acres secured for development on the block, with final bids due today. 
  • Chesapeake Appalachia files civil complaint over natural gas drilling lease requirements. HONESDALE - A natural gas drilling company with extensive landholdings throughout the region has filed a civil complaint in Wayne County Court against the county recorder of deeds office claiming it has encumbered land leasing there.
  • Group wants drilling ban along Delaware River. A council of governments along the Delaware River in Northeast Pennsylvania is calling for a natural gas drilling ban near the waterway that is part of the U.S. National Park system because of the sheer "size and scope of today's natural gas development" and the possibility of the "industrialization" of the watershed.
  • Gas drilling company sues Damascus Township over cease-and-desist order. A natural gas drilling company has filed a federal lawsuit against Damascus Twp. in Wayne County, just days after township officials issued a "cease-and-desist" work order on one of the company's exploratory wells because it didn't obtain a permit.
  • Wayne landowners hire lawyer to fight gas drilling moratorium. A massive landowners' alliance in Wayne County is considering filing a lawsuit against an environmental regulatory agency that recently placed a blanket moratorium on natural gas drilling in the Delaware River watershed in part because of the potential loss of $220 million in payments to leaseholders.
  • Philadelphia dives in to gas drilling issue in Wayne County. Philadelphia City Council urged an environmental regulator Thursday to deny two natural gas drilling permits slated for an energy company seeking to move ahead with its stalled operation in Wayne County. 
  • Texas company expanding 128 miles of gas pipeline through NEPA. With an eye set toward growing Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction in the region and throughout Appalachia, a Texas company will expand capacity of an existing natural gas transmission pipeline that crosses beneath Susquehanna and Wayne counties beginning this month.
  • DEP investigating methane contamination in Susquehanna County. The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating the possible contamination of drinking water wells in the area of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling in Lenox Twp., Susquehanna County, including a bubbling pond that was found to contain "combustible gas," the agency said Tuesday.
  • Wayne County dealt financial blow after gas companies pull up stakes. Two natural gas companies called it quits in Wayne County, dealing landowners a major economic blow they say amounts to a loss of $187 million.
  • Governor rips DRBC over gas-drilling ban. Gov. Tom Corbett delivered a stinging rebuke to a federal-state agency that has declared a natural gas drilling moratorium in a large swath of Northeast Pennsylvania.
  • Wayne County on verge of gas boom, but not just yet. While natural gas drilling is well under way throughout the state, including prolific production in Susquehanna County, a large swath of Northeast Pennsylvania still remains mostly off-limits because of an obscure federal regulatory agency charged with protecting the Delaware River Watershed.
  • Dozens turn out to oppose gas drilling in Matamoras in Wayne County. MATAMORAS - Strong opposition was voiced Wednesday at a public hearing in Matamoras against two natural gas permit applications in Wayne County that would allow a Louisiana company to drill the first Marcellus Shale well there.
  • Third natural gas chemical spill reported. Make that three substantial chemical spills in less than one week at a natural gas drill site in Dimock Township, Susquehanna County, The Wayne Independent has learned.
  • Upper Delaware River named most endangered river in the United States. Amid a push by two major companies to become the first extractors of Marcellus Shale natural gas in Wayne County, a national conservation organization today named the Upper Delaware River its most endangered river in the United States.
  • Hess could be first to successfully tap Marcellus Shale in Wayne County. Although a natural gas drilling ban is in effect for much of Wayne County, one company is lining up permits for what may become the county's first producing wells - in a small area just a hop across the Delaware River watershed boundary.
  • Gas company slapped with environmental violations. A natural gas drilling company must provide a permanent supply of water to 13 homes in Dimock Township, Susquehanna County along with correcting problems at its production sites that caused methane to pollute drinking water in this small rural community, environmental regulators said. 
  • Pro-drilling groups critical of natural gas drilling moratorium. Economic development organizations and landowner groups in Wayne County issued a stinging criticism Thursday against the Delaware River Basin Commission for enacting a moratorium on natural gas drilling and causing a deep negative economic impact by effectively halting development. 
  • Battle lines drawn over Delaware watershed drilling. The battle lines among pro- and anti-natural gas drilling groups are being drawn in the Delaware River watershed amid the development of new regulations by an obscure federal-interstate agency that has jurisdiction over the industry and has put the clamps on it.
  • Environmental complaint filed on Oregon Township drill site. A local environmental watchdog has filed a complaint with the state Department of Environmental Protection urging the government agency to conduct an investigation into the “potential” release of pollutants from a natural gas drill site in Oregon Township. 
  • Environmental groups sue Delaware River Basin Commission. The high-stakes fight over whether gas drilling should be allowed to move forward in the Delaware River Basin has escalated again following a federal lawsuit filed against a government agency charged with protecting the pristine watershed that includes parts of Northeast Pennsylvania.
  • Environmental groups sue Delaware River Basin Commission over gas-industry regulations. A consortium of environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the Delaware River Basin Commission, claiming the federal-interstate agency is failing to protect the watershed by moving ahead with developing regulations over the natural gas industry before conducting a comprehensive environmental study of its impacts.
  • NEPA filmmaker's documentary garners Sundance award. A Wayne County filmmaker took home a coveted award at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah for his documentary exploring the tribulations of natural gas drilling in the area and throughout the U.S.
  • Fracturing fluids spill into Susquehanna County stream. An investigation is underway into the spilling of 8,500 gallons of potentially harmful natural gas production fluid that also entered a stream and wetland in Dimock Township, Susquehanna County on Wednesday, The Wayne Independent has learned. 
  • Methane contamination linked to drill site. The state Department of Environmental Protection is continuing its investigation into a substantial methane leak, which may have bubbled into two streams, near a natural gas drill site in Lycoming County.