News and Training
I’ve been a journalist for more than three decades. Over those years, that heading has included the titles of reporter, writer, editor, photographer, videographer and designer. I’ve worked for daily newspapers, magazines, websites and more. For 17 years I taught journalism and served as faculty adviser for the Northern Star, the daily student newspaper at Northern Illinois University, training hundreds of student journalists. In 2012, I left that position to pursue freelance writing and missionary journalism. I’ve reported stories of God at work in the Middle East, Central America, Africa, Europe and Asia. I recently moved to Texas, where I serve as story director for the Seed Company. My wife, Lauren, and I have three grown kids and two grandkids. As a missionary journalist with ReachGlobal, I cofounded Crossfield News. “Go Tell It” is my third book.
Managing Editor / Story Development
I’ve been a journalist for 20 years. After cutting my teeth as a sportswriter and general assignment reporter in central Wisconsin in the early ’90s, I went on to edit a small daily paper in Illinois. I then served as an editor for several trade magazines, which offered me the chance to work in Europe and China — my first foray into international reporting. In 2004, I felt a strong call to do full-time reporting about Christian missions work and founded Called and Sent Magazine, an online missions news site that I ran as part of First Love International Ministries. From there, I took my current position as journalist for ReachGlobal. In that position, I travel and report on stories worldwide as an editor, reporter, photographer and videographer for Crossfield News. My wonderful wife, Ann, and I have three daughters and live in central Wisconsin.