I grew up in Cajun country, Louisiana, raised on crawfish, gumbo, Coke and too much fried food.
I went to LSU in Baton Rouge intending to become a lawyer, but liked journalism more. I majored in mass communication with a broadcast journalism concentration and minors in business administration and French. I completed internships at newspapers, a TV station and a non-profit.
My first job out of college was at clarionledger.com for The Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi. I helped create and manage multimedia content, including Web videos, interactive graphics and stories.
I eventually decided to follow the rest of my generation to Portland, but unlike many of them, I got a job first. I work at djcoregon.com for the Daily Journal of Commerce, a small business daily that covers the construction industry, development and energy. As Web editor, I try to keep my finger on the pulse of the industry and the city. I bug coworkers with requests for online content, and I wear ties.