Years in media: 24

Why I got into this business: When I was 8 years old, I fell in love with reading good writers, especially in the sports sections of Tulsa's newspapers and Sports Illustrated, and I dreamed that some day I could be the one doing the writing.

In one sentence, why is journalism important: Upon entering journalism, I saw first-hand what people in powerful positions are capable of when they think that no one is watching.

What three words describe you: Persistent, disciplined, cranky-pants.

What issue fires you up: The lack of participation in the voting process.

Who is a Tulsan you admire: Clark Wiens, co-founder of the Circle Cinema Foundation.

What is your favorite local hangout: Anywhere on a Friday night spent with friends who are like family, which always starts the weekend off on the right foot.

Favorite movie: "The Godfather"/"The Godfather, Part II"

Favorite book: "The Silence of the Lambs"

Favorite quote: "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."