I spent a greater part of my early photography life working for newspapers. I moved across country for work and every moment I captured became a part of my history. I had the pleasure of being welcomed into peoples' lives and spent time and experiences that will last a lifetime.
Below is my favorite work from those years.
- The SunJournal, Ohio
- Massillon Independent, Ohio
- Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio
- Coeur d'Alene Press, Idaho
- The Repository, Ohio
The sun breaks through the trees as the hot air balloon Wayward Wind glides over Arrowhead Country Club during the kickoff Balloon Classic Invitational Friday morning.
Bubba Berry Jr from San Antonio, Tx. rides Caesar during the Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding competition Saturday during the Cricket Valley Pro Rodeo. The rodeo continues through today at 7 p.m.
All three planes from the AeroShell Aerobatic Team perform aerobatic maneuvers high above Cleveland Friday. These World War II planes, At-6 Texan, were once used to train pilots in flying school.
The AeroShell Aerobatic Team prepare to fly by Burke Lakefront Airport for one last maneuver before landing Friday near downtown Cleveland. These World War II planes, At-6 Texan, were once used to train pilots in flying school.
Comedian and television star Bill Cosby entertains a packed Civic Center Thursday night during "An Evening with Bill Cosby" celebrating 30 years of Pathway Caring for Children.
Comedian and television star Bill Cosby entertains a packed Civic Center Thursday night during "An Evening with Bill Cosby" celebrating 30 years of Pathway Caring for Children.
A balloon flies past the setting sun Saturday evening as it launches from the 2004 Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Balloon Classic Invitational/Jackson-Belden Food Fest and Fireworks.
The shadow of the 84 Lumber hot air balloon falls on a hay field in Plain Township as it comes in for a landing. The pilot, Bob Redinger, has been flying balloons since 1986.
Balloons fill the evening sky as they fly over the 2004 Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Balloon Classic Invitational/Jackson-Belden Food Fest and Fireworks.
Adam Sokol, 11, of Lousiville holds the ropes for the Spectrum balloon as it fills up with air Friday at Kent State University Stark Campus for the Balloon Classic Invitational during the Professional Football Hall of Fame Festival.
A semi trailer lays on its side Monday morning in the north bound lanes of I-77 after losing control of its load near the 4th Street over.
First lady Laura Bush speaks at the opening of the National First Ladies' Library Education and Research Center Thursday. The Center is a collection of artifacts and writings from 43 former first ladies
Dr. Laura McIntyre, left, reacts after learning her daughter, Macy Gray, right, planned a surprise birthday party for her Saturday night at the Canton Negro Oldtimers Association. Gray also surprised her mom with a birthday song sung by Dionne Warrick. More than 150 guests attended the surprise party.
Cheyenne Dickson, 4, left, Elizabeth Dickson, 6, and Sabrina Betz, 3, of the Alliance City Strutters patiently wait to strut their talents Tuesday during the Greater Alliance Carnation Festival.
Tahmel Hines, 5, was one of the youngest to run the 5K for children Saturday. The event raises funds for the Margaret Shipley Children's Clinic. Sidebar: Hines is Macy Gray's son, not sure how you would put that in.
Natalie Bourlas, left, Ellie Saltsman and Elaina McCarty keep busy as they wait their turn during class at the Canton Ballet.
Flying like butterflies the class pretends the hula-hoop is a puddle to practice their jumping skills.
Nimishillen, Washington, Marboro and Plain Township fire departments battle a blaze that destroyed a barn on Paris Avenue in Nimishillen Township Monday afternoon.
The sun sets as Pat Miller, left, and Tony Zito of New Philidelphia wait for the start of Friday nights' game at Central Catholic High School against Dover.
Canton South's Mike Parnell (12) flinches out of the way of the ball as it reaches inside plate during the third inning of Division II district semifinals against Louisville.
Chris Hahn of Minerva celebrates with his dad and coach, John Hahn, after winning Division II State Champion in his weight class of 160 pounds during OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus Saturday.
Team "Just Don" smiles as they race to the finish line during the 4th annual danvenport derby at Malone College Wednesday evening.
Lake's Hallie Pettigrew (1) slides safely into homeplate passed the hands of Glenoak catcher Deanna McCauley (13) during the 4th inning of District I semifinals at Genshaft Park Monday.
State Highway Patrol officers examine a Pontiac Sunfire involved in a collision with a grain truck on State Route 93, just south of the Route 21 off ramp. the driver of the car died at the scene and the truck driver was taken to Massillon Community Hospital.
Protesters and Aryan Nation members confront each other Saturday, July 3 at City Park in downtown Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The Aryans are working with the American Civil Liberties Union to obtain a permit to march in downtown on the 10th. (AP Photo/Coeur d'Alene Press, Joy Newcomb)
An Aryan Nations member watches the crowd of protesters closely during a rally in downtown Coeur d'Alene Saturday, July 3. The Aryans are working with the American Civil Liberties Union to obtain a permit to march in downtown on the 10th. (AP Photo/Coeur d'Alene Press, Joy Newcomb)
Horses and hounds from Fox Hunt Club walk Main St in North Canton Saturday for the 2003 Olde Fashioned Holiday Festival.
Canton Township firefighters fight a blaze in a empty house across from Aultman Hospital. The flames jump across the ally and caused damage to the next house.
The finale of the downtown fireworks launches behind a flag during the 2003 Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival Sunday night.
The four engine Aluminum Overcast, a World War II-era B-17 bomber flies over the suburban landscape of Stark and Summit counties. The 65,500-pound, Flying Fortress was manufactured for World War II, but never saw action.
Angela Kovaca, left, and her daughter Morgan, 7, talk with neighbor Christie Proehl and her dog, Ginger, Monday afternoon. Waters from two rivers flooded streets, backyards and homes throughout the northwest area of Stark.
Katie Henderson reacts as her son, Blake Symanski, is given his vaccinations by Dr. E.S. Chong at the Canton City Heatlh Department Thursday.
Coeur d'Alene Press Photo / Tim Hunt of Hayden and Walt Maurice of Coeur d'Alene enjoy the day fishing on Lake Coeur d'Alene Wednesday.
Mount Union's Rick Ciccone (34) tries to fight off Balwin Wallaces' Matt Walker (19) and Jeff Fox (16) during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game in Alliance.
Members of the Brewster Fire department lead the funeral procession to Stanwood Cemetery Tuesday afternoon for Dixie Kahrig and six of her children.
The caskets of the Kahrig family remain at Stanwood Cemetery following the funeral for Dixie and six of her children Tuesday afternoon.
Nic Albaugh of Minerva School tries to get control over North Canton's Jason Dellapina during the match at the Topgun tournaments at Alliance High School Friday.
ABC cameraman Bob Schmitt gets up close and personal with Gentle Ben during a day in the life taping of the Saint Bernard. A crew spent the afternoon with Ben and his owner Shirley Wolf. The show will air on ABC, Feburary 20.
Bob Rosedale of Goodyear installs one fo the 3,780 LED boards that create the eagle eye vision aireal sign on the Spirit of America blimp in one of the hangers Friday in Akron.
Ryan Reed, left, and Jeff Rohr perform the song "Guys and Dolls" during dress rehersal at Tuslaw High School. The play is March 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30pm.
Fire departments near Minerva helped battle a blaze that burnt down a city block early Saturday morning, including two tower trucks. The estimated damage is close to 2 million dollars.
Second-graders Tara Sutton, 7, left, laughs at her friend Samantha Peterson, 7, as she flies into the air while they play on the swingset during recess Wednesday at Whipple School.
More than 30 Harley Davidson's ride along Strausser Rd. Saturday during a pre-run for next week's annual Muscular Dystrophy Association ride on August 20th. The ride will begin at Freedom Harley Davidson and end at the Stark County Fairgrounds.
David Draime, left, Dave Stump and Bryan Stuck look like dinner to the inflatable Obie Friday night before the start of Friday nights game at Paul Brown Stadium.
Former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker and offensive lineman Chuck Bednarik signs autographs outside the McKinley Grand Friday.
Jim Kelly, former Quarterback for the Buffalo Bills cheers after receiving his coat during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Mayor's Breakfast at the Civic Center in Canton.
Enshrinees and past Hall of Famers pose for a photo outside the Football Hall of Fame Friday during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival.
Kelsey Cole, 2, watches her mom and dad, Bryan and Cindy Cole hug during a Welcome Home reception at New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia for the National Guard's 1485th Transportion Company.
Television star Tony Danza performs Saturday night in front of a crowd at the Italian American Festival at the Stark County Fairgrounds.
Lead singer, Darius Rucker, of Hootie and the Blowfish performs for a packed crowd at the Football Hall of Fame Ribs Burnoff Thursday.
Matt Bell watches Petey while he licks his fingers as he eats ribs at the Bennigan's stand during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Ribs Burnoff Wednesday.
Todd Wagner directs Clydesdales Nellie and Cheyenne through the path at the Hoover Historical Center while parents and kids sing Chirstmas songs in the wagon.
Firefighters from Waynesburg, Malvern, Sandy Township, Magnolia, Minerva, Canton Township. East Sparta and other departments battle an hours-long blaze to save four buildings in downtown Waynesburg Thursday morning. No serious injuries were reported but at least two familes were displaced by the fire, the origin of which is still under investigation.
Chuck Loan of James Risk Eaton House Moving amd Raising directs Jimmy Risk as he drives a house across a field Wednesday.
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull performs at the Palace Theatre Wednesday night during his "Rubbing Elbows" tour. Local artist Eric Brooke performed with him later that night.
Ice from the storm Wednesday night still cling to a fence as two horses enjoy lunch at their home in Jackson Township.
Sam Jocas, 5, his brother, Joey, 3, and sister Gabriela, 7, hold a flag to honor fallen solider Pfc. Jesse Buryj as they stand along Woodland Ave. Saturday waiting for the funeral procession to pass by on the way to St. Peter Cemetary. Their mom, Michelle and younger brother, Dominic, 1, stand behind them. " I wanted them to see a real hero," she said.
A home in Clinton is completely surrounded by the waters of the Ohio Erie Canal Monday afternoon. The waters are receeding slowly after the rains wiped out many streets in the area.
Training allows the firefighters to start and stop fires throughout the home, completing the day by burning the entire home.
Michael Odum, 8, of Akron snaps the football during the Long Snap challenge Satruday during the NFL Experience at Don Scott Field.
Ricky Strednicky, 15, catches the football during the "Down and Out" course at the NFL Experience Thursday at the Ribs Burnoff.
Ohio State's Kenny Peterson holds head during the first round draft picks Saturday for the NFL. Peterson was picked in the third round by the Green Bay Packers.
Ryan Mellion, 12, tries with all his strength to bring the ball down to the end in "The Drive" game at the NFL experience Friday at Don Scott Field during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival.
Bill Natale from E. Sparta ties the legs of a steer after wrestling him the the ground during the Steer Wrestling competition Saturday at the Cricket Valley Pro Rodeo.
Dawson Dumitrescu, 2, holds on for dear life to his mom, Valerie, as they visit Santa Claus at the Hoover Historical Center's Annual Christmas open house.
Joel Newcomb walks along the mural of photos, momentos and flowers placed along the church near Ground Zero.
A building size mural faces Ground Zero on it is enscribed "The human spirit is not measured by the size of the act, but by the size of the heart."
Flowers lie on a one of the 2,819 chairs in Bryant Park that honor those that lost their lives in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001
Molly Gerber, 17, is proud and happy to have Dude, a 25-year-old Quarter horse for her competitions. The two will be traveling to Columbus for the State 4-H Competition at the end of the month.
Kevin Casey as the Scarecrow and Dorothy played by Grace Margan Gillihan will be performing in the upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz.
Coeur d'Alene Press Photo / Alex Booth, 7, and mother Kelly wait in a blanket Friday afternoon before jumping in the lake for the 1999 Polar Bear Plunge at Sanders Beach. It was the first time for Alex. "I told him it's an experience he'll never forget," said Kelly. 2. People from around the Coeur d'Alene area charge the beach after taking a dip in Lake Coeur d'Alene.
Jackson Pool, a community pool in the city that has been around for more than 60 years. The building and pool area, bacause of age is slowly falling apart and requires repairs before each swimming season.
Empero Corral, 6, warms up as the drums play at the Second annual Powwow at North Idaho College Friday afternoon.
Coeur d'Alene Press Photo / Clayton Broncheau, 8, performs during the traditional dance as the drums play at the Second annual Powwow at North Idaho College Friday afternoon. Classical Christian Academy students are studying Indians of the Northwest and attended the powwow as a history lesson and field trip.
Lilac Impatiens are reflected in rain drops that fell in front of Holleydale Farms on Dressler Avenue Monday afternoon. The National Weather Service is calling for scattered thunderstorms with a high of 56 degrees.
Officers from Kootenai County Sheriff's department, Idaho State Police, Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls police departments wear riot gear Friday, June 18 to control rioters at the intersection of Fourth Street and Sherman Avenue after the Car d'Lane festivities ended for the evening in downtown Coeur d'Alene Idaho. (AP Photo/Coeur d'Alene Press, Joy Newcomb)
Police officers from Ohio salute fallen Massillon officer Eric Taylor as he is brought to Mount Peace Cemetary Friday during his funeral. Taylor died in the line of duty August 9th in Massillon.
The Canton Madddog rugby team tries to maintain control of the ball Saturday during their match against Steel Valley from Youngstown.
Santa smiles for the camera as 13-month-old twins Haley, left, and Hannah check out the man in the red suit during their visit to Belden Village Mall Tuesday.
Eighth-grader David Lee from Hillard Middle School bows his head as Christine Wingate from Sandy Valley Middle school spells her final word "Tungsten". Wingate misspelled the word and Lee will move on to the National Spelling Bee in Washington DC.
Andrew Schaub, 9, screams as he tilts upside down in a swing Tuesday at Price Park as he spends the day with his mom, Bonnie, and two sisters Megan, 12, and Becca, 3, during their first day of Spring Break.
Jerry Springer reacts to a comment from MSNBC's Chris Matthews during a live taping of Hardball at Amvet Post 6 in Massillon Friday night.
Forms of stell called Ingots are heated to 2500 degrees and ten lifted out and dipped in a vat of water.
The concert in the park fireworks fill the sky over the American Flag hanging at Monument Park Wednesday night.
Richard Sutton finds a comfortable seat as he watches his friend Ed Thomas jog a yearling, Paradotta, around the track Thursday at the Stark County Fairgrounds. Thomas has a stable at the track where he houses the horses he trains for races at Northfield Park.
Dr. Roger Palutsis performs knee arthroscopy surgery using a voice command computer, called Hermie at Alliance Community Hospital.
McKinley's Amy Wirtz comes up for air during heat 3 of the girls 200 yard IM Saturday during the Northeast Aquatic Conference Championship at CT Branin Natatorium.
The Mist of Avalon frames the downtown skyline Wednesday during the Cleveland Harborfest before the Parade of Sails begin.
The Concordia, left, and Niagara meet off the shores of Lake Erie Wednesday during the Cleveland Harborfest before the Parade of Sails begin.
The Norfolk Rebel soaks up the sunshine while docked in Cleveland Wednesday for the cleveland HarborFest
The Niagara fires its cannons off the shores of Lake Erie Wednesday during the Cleveland Harborfest as it sails inside the break wall.
Crash test dummies, Vince, left, and Larry test drink cold Hi-C's Sunday during the Kids Safety Fair at Mercy Medical Center. Vince and Larry known to their friends and Matt Schofield and Greg Neff volunteered to help during the fair which provided parents with a free car seat safety check, photo ID's and the latest on how to keep kids safe.
Four-year-old Buzzy Faheem takes a break during the song "Jesus Loves Me" Saturday during a Habitat for Humanity block party in Canton. The party brought neighbors together so they could get to know one another better.
Canton native Joel Newcomb, left, runs with the Olympic Torch along the Veterans Memorial Bridge with support runner Beverly Rose of Canton in Cleveland Wednesday morning. The torch will travel to Akron and Cloumbus today.
Salem senior Jason Greenamyer leaps to the air during the boy 110 meter hurdles finals Friday at Revenna Stadium for the OHSAA Div II Regional Track and Field Championships. Greenamyer placed third and will advance to State.
Ohio Highway Patrol officer, Rayetta Calhoun watches the intersection of Whipple and 20th Street in Canton on Monday. The State Patrol will be in full force trying to keep the roads safe during the year’s busiest travel weekend.
Smoke from a field burning fills the air above Plummer. This week's burnings have blanketed the southern end of Lake Coeur d'Alene.
Jo Ellen Reikowski walks her horse, Paco, through tunnel on the Ohio &Erie Towpath Monday afternoon. The tunnel was built under the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway Co. Line.
Reflected in the TV, Sally Graven listens as President George Bush speaks during State of the Union address Tuesday night. Sally and her husband John, watched the coverage, listening for news of war. Their son, Mike is in the Navy currently overseas.
Malone's Allen Foster (top) and Leif Erickson take down Campbellville's Hairl Morris near the end zone during the first quarter Saturday.
Stable manager Mandy Cavalier cleans out the stalls Friday at Hunting Valley Quarter Horses on Market Avenue in Plain Township Friday. Cavalier has been managing the barn since October providing riding lessons and boarding 10 horses.
Jackson's catcherJamie Snee tries to tag out Lake's Deanna Brown as she slides into homeplate Thursday.