Journalist

Burnett Publishing Office
Burnett Publishing Office

I started seriously writing in 1974 when I was accepted to enroll in Mrs. Kaiser’s journalism class during my senior year at Paola High School. I wrote articles, created editorial cartoons, and did whatever else was needed. Mrs. Kaiser gave me the end of year “award” for “diversity” of skills I brought to The Reporter publication and yearbook.

During my 22-year Regular Army active duty career, my writing skills continued to develop progressively and inherently through the nature of the various company organization administrative jobs and personnel leadership positions I held. I wrote everything from personnel evaluations for subordinates and staffing papers reviewed by flag officers; to concert program notes and press releases for respective public affairs office usages.

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The Lamp

I am currently writing for the Lamp (GateHouse Media).

The Lamp is the newspaper for the military installation and community of Fort Leavenworth.

October 13, 2016 issue of the Lamp
October 13, 2016 issue of the Lamp

The Lamp newspaper is part of the Public Affairs Office and located within the Garrison Command headquarters.

October 6, 2016 issue of the Lamp
October 6, 2016 issue of the Lamp

I am very happy about this job and look forward to many cool experiences on assignments reporting news for publication in the Lamp. I have been working with the Lamp newsroom team and interacting with the DoD community again since September 2016. I enjoy the cultural ethos of the military community.

Member – Society of Professional Journalists

*NOTES: My article archive is linked below at FtLeavenworthLamp.com and also provided in PDF. These are the final edited versions of the work I submitted on the respective assignments. Edits are made to conform with AP and Lamp style guides, and also to fit the layout of a particular edition of the newspaper. It is interesting to watch our editor work. Original versions are available upon request to select inquiries. As always, I’m enjoying the work and learning lots …

2017 Article Archive

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January 2017

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February 2017

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March 2017

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April 2017


2016 Article Archive

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SEPTEMBER 2016

Journalist Desk
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OCTOBER 2016

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NOVEMBER 2016

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DECEMBER 2016

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About Fort Leavenworth

The Lamp is the newspaper of Fort Leavenworth
The Lamp is the newspaper of Fort Leavenworth

Fort Leavenworth is a United States Army installation located in Leavenworth County, Kansas, immediately north of the city of Leavenworth in the upper northeast portion of the state. Built in 1827, it is the oldest active United States Army post west of Washington, D.C. and the oldest permanent settlement in Kansas.[1] Fort Leavenworth has been historically known as the “Intellectual Center of the Army”.[2]

Fort Leavenworth was also the base of African-American soldiers of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed on 21 September 1866 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. They became known as Buffalo Soldiers, nicknamed by the Native American tribes whom they fought. This term eventually was applied to all of the African-American regiments formed in 1866.

During the country’s westward expansion, Fort Leavenworth was a forward destination for thousands of soldiers, surveyors, immigrants, American Indians, preachers and settlers who passed through. On August 1, 1846, a Mormon Battalion, led by Col. James Allen, arrived at Fort Leavenworth. Colonel Allen became ill and died at the fort; his headstone marks his grave at the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery.

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Today, the garrison supports the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) by managing and maintaining the home of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center (CAC). CAC’s mission involves leader development, collective training, Army doctrine and battle command (current and future).

Fort Leavenworth is home to the Military Corrections Complex, consisting of the United States Disciplinary Barracks, the Department of Defense’s only maximum security prison, and the Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility. In addition, the Fort Leavenworth Garrison supports numerous tenant organizations that directly and indirectly relate to the functions of the CAC, including the United States Army Command and General Staff College and the Foreign Military Studies Office.

The fort occupies 5,600 ac (2,300 ha) and 7,000,000 ft2 (700,000 m2) of space in 1,000 buildings and 1,500 quarters. It is located on the Frontier Military Scenic Byway (U.S. Route 69 and K-7 corridor), which was originally a military road connecting to Fort Scott National Historic Site and Fort Gibson.

Source: Wikipedia


The Lamp Parent Company
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At GateHouse Media, our mission is to deliver high quality and trusted journalism, products and services that enrich the communities we serve — our readers, commercial partners, employees and investors.

GateHouse publishes 620 community and business publications, including 125 daily newspapers, along with over 530+ local affiliated websites.

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My first assignment with The Lamp – 22 September 2016

In 2015, we announced the acquisition of 34 daily newspapers — including award winning publications like the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and The Columbus Dispatch. We recently acquired Dolan Publishing, launching our entrance into business-to-business publishing. Our Propel Business Services division, which provides marketing and general business support to small and mid-sized businesses, continues to grow.

While we have experienced significant growth since 2012, we continually strive to make ourselves not just a bigger company, but a stronger company.

Visit: About Us page for more.


More Portfolio Samples

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Following are samples of articles, columns and press items I’ve produced most recently.

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All About Jazz Columnist
All About Jazz Columnist

I have a column titled “Musings In Cb” at the world’s largest jazz news website, All About Jazz.

The column was active between 2001 through 2006, but the archives remain. I have an open invitation to resume the column at any time by the publisher. Click the respective images to read the individual articles.

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@JAM
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The mission of the KCJA is to help preserve the rich cultural heritage of jazz in Kansas City, and to support and promote the musicians, students, businesses and fans of the Kansas City jazz community.

As part of my duties as Marketing Manager and Director of Communications with the American Jazz Museum, I wrote the “Off The Vine” column in JAM for five years. Following are PDF downloads of the most recent issues with my work.

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I've had several items picked up by the Associated Press (AP)
I’ve had several news items and releases picked up by the Associated Press (AP). Here are two examples …

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