What do you do as a reporter?
I am a regular freelance reporter for the Star Tribune, in the south section and the west section. Soon I may be starting the variety section, and that involves writing one or two articles a week on local issues. On the side, I do copywriting projects, less of them now. But, that used to be all that I did. I would work freelance either onsite or off.
How did you hear about SPUR?
I first heard about SPUR when there was a picture of Al Franken in the paper. And I was like – Oh! Al Franken is visiting this place. It’s got an orange logo – that’s how I noticed it. Then I looked into it at one point, this was still when it was brand new. I noticed the sign, I wondered who worked there, but I didn’t really think about [coworking] at the time, because I was working in an office. Then, when I starting working all off-site as a freelance reporter with no office, I noticed it more.
How have you liked coworking so far?
I like it a lot, because it is a place to be. It definitely keeps me engaged. It’s nice to be able to work here. It’s nice to walk to work, to a downtown office. It’s nice to have that sensation. But also, it’s nice to have that [office] small talk. The couple of times I’ve brought up an article with Megan, and she’s had ideas. That’s something that I missed from work before. Just being able to hear what people are working on, just the social aspect of working with other people. And it’s cool to hear about what other people are doing.
What do you do for fun?
Now that it’s getting warmer, Soraya and I like to walk around downtown, especially by the river walk. I like to read a lot. I spend a lot of time on Netflix. I love Doctor Who. I’ve really gotten into Doctor Who recently, which is why I wrote Exterminate on my name tag. Oh! And, I did boxing a couple of years ago. I got beat a lot by the librarian at Carleton.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
I was in Palestine and Israel for forty days. We went to this town inside of Bethlehem and lived there with a family there. We basically traveled around and learned about what it was like to live under military occupation, even in this relatively well off place. We went throughout Israel and throughout the West Bank. It was really cool.