Hello! My name is Terran Stryker, but my friends call me Ace.
I am the editor of The Southern Ute Drum, a biweekly newspaper serving the folks of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in beautiful southwest Colorado. The paper is a leader in Indian Country, having won more than 60 national and regional journalism awards since I was hired in 2009.
My educational career peaked in third grade when I won a citywide art contest and got to meet the mayor. Also, in high school, I was on a state championship racquetball team.
I graduated from the University of North Florida in December 2007 with a BS in journalism. The social highlight of my college years as a guitar-playing roustabout was writing a song about ducks that became an informal anthem for our freshman class.
In 2008, I moved to the West to take a job with The Associated Press. More importantly, I married my college sweetheart. These days, when I'm not working, I'm doing my best to keep up with her and our two boys (ages almost 3 and almost 1). Being a dad is the best job ever.
I'm passionate about good storytelling – in print, in photos, on film and otherwise. I can't stand reality TV, but my secret indulgence is competitive cooking shows.
I'm also a tech geek. (I built the computer on which I'm writing this!)
In my limited spare time, I volunteer as secretary of the local chamber of commerce and finance clerk of my church.