About me

MEI am a former special operations pilot and a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan with multiple degrees in political science, French and journalism. As a freelance writer I cover international affairs and national security and have been published by several national publications.  As an officer in the U.S. Air Force, I served exchange tours at the French Air Force Academy, the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, and interned at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.  I have been to all seven continents and more than 40 countries on adventures from running a marathon across a glacier in Antarctica to swimming the Hellespont.

IMG_0227As a freelance writer I have covered a diverse range of topics, including: A profile on Syrian Freedom fighters, an interview with Sebastian Junger, analysis of the North Korean WMD threat, East Coast missile defense sites, gun violence in Chicago and a first-person narrative of swimming the Hellespont in 2012.  I also recently authored a “How-to” guide for journalists covering the military for the Medill School of Journalism’s National Security Initiative. I have been published by Newsmax, Runner’s World, Fox News, The National Strategy Forum, The Chicago Journal, the Austin Weekly News, The Times of Northwest Indiana, The Active Times and the Medill National Security Initiative.  I have also had my writing featured in the literary journal, “War, Literature and the Arts.”

On the summit with P.K. Sherpa.

On the summit with P.K. Sherpa.

I have a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where I was a McCormick Foundation Fellow.  My concentration was on national security reporting and long-form writing.  I graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2004 with an undergraduate degree in political science and a minor in French. I also have a graduate degree in French from Middlebury College earned during a two-year fellowship at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. I worked as a research assistant and writer at the National Strategy Forum think-tank in Chicago, IL., and served as a member of U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s veterans’ advisory board.

deployedWhile in the military, I served an exchange tour at the French Air Force Academy, was an exchange officer at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, and held an internship at NATO HQ in Brussels, Belgium.  I held these positions in addition to serving as a pilot for Air Force special operations and as a combat operations director in Iraq. I logged more than 250 hours of combat time in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

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