Home sweet home
There is one constant in this world we live in and that is change is inevitable.
Born in Tulsa in 1987, raised in Jenks Public Schools since kindergarten, all I could ever think about when high school graduation approached was moving away in the summer of 2006.
Like most teenagers in my position, I wanted to spread my wings and fly around the world and get out of the Tulsa area as quickly and swiftly as possible.
After almost six years of multiple colleges, I settled in the western Oklahoma City area of Canadian County and worked in the community newspaper industry with the Mustang News, El Reno Tribune and Yukon Review.
I spent nearly eight years in Canadian County cutting my teeth as a sports editor, general manager, managing editor and advertising director for what would end up being a dream come true.
That dream became a reality in February of this year, when I made the decision it was time to come home and give my hometown of Jenks a community newspaper.
The Jenks Tribune’s number one responsibility will be to bring this community together and shine a light of transparency and positivity that Jenks has not seen in quite some time.
Is this a dream come true? Yes. Was this my childhood dream? Absolutely not.
Sports was my passion as a child and became even more so as I grew into middle school and high school. Baseball earned me a scholarship to go play collegiately and of course, my initial goal was to be a star in Major League Baseball.
After I came back to reality and realized ball-diamond stardom wasn’t in my future, I focused on school and what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
I loved sports and loved to write, so I thought I would put those two together and make it big in the world of sports writing.
After I graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2011 with a journalism degree and started my career as the sports editor for the Mustang News, I had it my mind that I was going to be writing for ESPN in less than five years.
That’s not what was planned for me. Instead, I developed a love and a passion for community journalism that set me on the path I am today, bringing community journalism back to Jenks through the Jenks Tribune.
While my dreams and goals have changed, sometimes like in my situation, change is for the better.