It is an odd thing to say that I moved to a new town for the crime, but that is — at least partially — what motivated me to come to Worthington. Perhaps it is more common to say I moved for politics, but regardless, the opportunity to cover these beats for The Globe was the deciding factor in leaving behind my hometown of Duluth.

I know how it sounds. Most people, when I tell them I want to make a career out of political journalism, look at me like I have just announced that I really enjoy drinking pickle juice, or that actually, I think right beside a sewage plant would be a lovely place for a summer home.

It is not lost on me, the messy nature of politics. They are exhausting and frustrating, and at times downright miserable. However, I feel that politics, being virtually omnipresent in nearly every facet of our lives, are also inescapable. It is relevant in the crime and courts beat I will also be covering at The Globe, in the people we meet and the way we perceive one another, as well as our own identities. Politics and policy surround us, and for better or worse — though I think it is sometimes both — shape our lives.

If that is the case, and I feel it is, then it is better to understand and do my part to actively participate in this aspect of reality, rather than shy away because of some unpleasantness. In a climate where silence is politicized, what is to be accomplished in remaining apolitical? What is left, but to become wholeheartedly involved and to interact with the world around us?

For me, as someone whose great love is the written word, I can think of no better purpose for me than providing honest coverage of the news to the very best of my ability. So while I am grateful for the lake — having grown up on Lake Superior, I simply don’t know what to do without a body of water nearby — and the excellent food I have had so far, it is this opportunity to cover a series of topics that I feel are so important that I am most excited about, daunting though it may feel at times.

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This will be my first job in the industry since graduating from Columbia College, which I attended in Chicago. While I loved living in a big city, I have missed Minnesota dearly. Initially, when I first moved back to my hometown, it was with the knowledge that I would probably only be staying in Minnesota temporarily while I looked for jobs and tried to wait out the worst of the pandemic. Getting a job — this job — here felt like something I just could not pass up. I was born and raised here; it feels fitting, in that way, that I begin this new chapter of both my professional and personal life in my home state.

To be home and to have purpose, well, what else is left that matters?