I love stories.

I’m son to two career journalists, both of whom strongly suggested I pick just about any other major when I began thinking about what to do in college. But they insisted I see the world in my youth, and years of travel and exposure to a universe much grander and more captivating than my own left me with an unshakeable love for the extraordinary tales of ordinary people.

The summer of my sophomore year in college, I met a designer at the paper I interned for who taught me design with great patience and indefatigable enthusiasm. We became business partners in 2008, cultivating a side business as freelance designers.

That work persists to this day, though as I’ve become a full-time beat writer covering the St. Louis Cardinals, free hours are scarce. We were lucky to have created dozens of posters, album covers, flyers and websites, and I learned a whole new set of skills along the way.

In 2013, I began writing about the Cardinals for the CBS affiliate in St. Louis, and by 2014, I was put in charge of all written content about the team; tasked with making our coverage competitive in a market that featured long-standing sports fixtures. For someone who loves stories, I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity.

I read less than I should these days (especially books), but I try my best to take in as much as I can. I qualified for Jeopardy! once. I’m a serial completist. This has led to me watching more terrible movies and TV shows than you could imagine, simply because I needed to know how they end.

Live music is one of life’s great pleasures, and I partake as often as I can. I subscribe to the belief that, when it comes to cost, you should never skimp on headphones, spirits or anything between you and the ground.