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While I was born in the suburbs of Chicago, I grew up in the small Indiana towns of Warsaw and Milford. My father was an engineer, and my mother studied math in college, so my sister and I grew up with an interest in science, math and problem-solving. We both initially went to Purdue University for science educations, me in aeronautical engineering and she in physics. Ironically, we both ended up being writers. My path took me from the Purdue Exponent to the Huntington (Ind.) Herald-Press, where I spent 21 years, first as the newspaper's photographer, then as sports editor. The paper sold, and in 2008 our staff broke up and I landed with Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters as their communications coordinator. Over the years, I've stayed involved in various community projects, contributing in leadership and also donating my time and talent. I married Ann Haecker in 1998. She was an English teacher at Huntington North High School, retiring in 2004. She is a strong advocate for the arts in the community, and I have helped contribute to those efforts with my photography and design works. In 2014, I was one of the founding members of Huntington County Honors, a group recognizing past and present individuals who have contributed to life in Huntington County.



After years of having people ask me if I was going to put together a book of my newspaper and photography work, I decided to put some items together on this website for everyone to see. The "WORK" section here is just a sampling. It's mostly stories and photos that have special meaning to me from my time at the newspaper. The “LIFE“ section contains many photos taken away from work, and quite a few from the trips Ann and I have taken over the years. There are also sections on some of my favorite interests — sports, movies and music. 


Thanks for taking a look.


  • Purdue University, 1986
    West Lafayette, Ind.
    B.A., Communication


  • Wawasee High School, 1982
    Syracuse, Ind.
    Academic Top 10

Work Experience


  • Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters, 2008-Present
    Huntington, Ind.

    Communications Coordinator


  • Huntington (Ind.) Herald-Press, 1987-2008
    Chief Photographer, Sports Editor


  • Indy Sports Legends, 2013-14
    Online publication
    Contributor, news and photography


  • Milford (Ind.) Mail-Journal, 1986
    Summer Internship


  • Purdue Exponent newspaper, 1983-84
    Chief Photographer, Summer Editor


  • Purdue Debris yearbook, 1985-86 
    Chief Photographer


  • Freelance work
    Various projects, work contracted or donated
    Photography, writing, design, consulting
    - Huntington North High School
    - Warsaw High School
    - LaFontaine Arts Council
    - Harp Column Magazine

    - Purdue Exponent Alumni Group
    - Andrew Hancock Photography

    - Investigation Discovery television network
    - Laramie Project

Professional Development


  • Maine Photographic Workshops, 1989 Sports Photography
    Limited acceptance by portfolio
    Covering 1989 Olympic Festival in Oklahoma City
    Instruction and critique by Sports Illustrated photographers


  • Huntington County Leadership Academy, Class of 2000
    Selected to participate in five-month course of study to develop community leaders
    Class project was to help restore a building for a Huntington County community theater in Warren, Ind.




  • Communicators for Women Religious
    Conference 2018, Fort Worth, Texas
    "Paradigm Shift: Communicating Mission and Legacy"


Current and Former Professional Affiliations

  • Communicators for Women Religious

  • Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters

  • National Press Photographers Association

  • Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors

  • Associated Press Sports Editors

  • Hoosier State Press Association

  • Heisman Memorial Trophy (voter)

Current and Former Community Affiliations

  • Huntington County Honors, Founding Member

  • Huntington North Athletic Hall of Fame, Selection Committee

  • Huntington County Baseball, Board of Directors

  • LaFontaine Arts Council, contributor

  • Hidden Hamlets Homeowners, Board of Directors

  • Cosmopolitan Club member

  • Purdue Alumni Association member



Indiana High School Athletic Association

Distinguished Media Service Award, 2008 Honoree


Huntington North High School

Athletic Hall of Fame, Contributor Division

Class of 2011





First-place Awards
Best Sports Section
1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2006
Best Sports Reporting
1991, 1992, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004
Best Sports Columnist
Best Use of Graphics
1997, 1999, 2004, 2007





First-place Awards
Non-Deadline Sports Writing
2001, 2003, 2006
Deadline Sports Writing
1999, 2007
General Feature Writing
Use of Graphics
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Headline Writing
2003, 2006

• More than 30 second- and third-place awards

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