Potter paved way for journalistic career

Published 6:06 pm Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Walking along the crowded hallways of the Hilton Chicago Hotel more than two years ago, I felt right at home.

First of all, let me say that I am a big Harry Potter fan.

Back in the summer of 2004, the first HP film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” got me interested in the books and more importantly, reading.

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Two days later, I had read the first book and was soon starting the second.

Five novels and eight movies later, along with a love for journalism, I am here in Greenville and couldn’t be happier.

For the last 7-8 years, I worked at The Andalusia Star-News. Starting out as a general news reporter, I quickly found my niche in sports soon after and then became the sports editor for the paper, a position I held until coming here.

Right away, one should pick up that I am a Harry Potter and sports fan.

Those two things I hold close to the chest and take quite seriously as each have helped carry me through some hectic times in my life.

I was born in Atlanta, Ga., and grew up in Fairhope, where I went through grade school until graduating from FHS in 2002.

Entering Troy University with a focus in business, I began course work and two-and-a-half-years later, the course of my life changed upon realizing that business wasn’t for me.

In fact, I had accepted the fact that God was calling me into the film business.

So, my mom and I looked at the available majors offered at Troy and decided upon broadcast journalism.

From day one of my new major, I knew I was doing the right thing. Yeah, there were some ups and downs, but I couldn’t have been happier.

During the first semester as a journalism major, boredom sort of set in and I decided to join the college newspaper, which helped usher my career in the print business.

There was a discrimination story I worked on, which didn’t get printed because the source wasn’t reliable, that gave me a good sense of what I wanted to do as a career.

Even though it didn’t print, doing the work on the story was fun and I still find it thrilling to work and do research on stories that come across my desk.

Now, don’t think I haven’t forgotten my calling in the film business. That’s still important.

Maybe that’s why I was helmed as the main photographer for The Star-News for a number of years.
Maybe that’s why I grew to love taking photos more than anything else.

I believe that every given opportunity leads to something better down the road.

As Harry Potter gave me a love of reading and writing, I believe that my time here as managing editor of The Greenville Advocate will be rewarding in its own way.

Now, let’s get started.