I began working as a freelance contributor for the Southtown Star in summer 2006 and continued through January 2010. During that time, I wrote personality features, covered community events and government meetings, obituaries and concert reviews for the print product and suggested links, photos and other multimedia opportunities.

Orland man honored for heroic firefighting efforts – January 14, 2010

Family center of longtime Southeast Sider’s life – January 10, 2010

Homewood woman nursed troops through hard times – December 27, 2009 (also printed in the Dec. 29 Chicago Sun-Times)

To businesses, it won’t be the same without the parade – December 23, 2009

MMMMMM, good! – January 15, 2009

Evergreen Park on watch for weather damage – January 8, 2009

Bears’ Manning’s visit boosts Special Olympics – January 4, 2009

Windy City Cornhole Classic: Toss ’em – July 27, 2007

A ‘ridiculously’ simple idea – July 7, 2007

Talk – and walk – with the animals – June 22, 2007

Let it snow! – January 12, 2007

Entertainment fit for a king – January 5, 2007

Marist grad representing at U of I – September 25, 2006

Chicago’s car culture – July 24, 2006