ABOUT JON

I have more than 10 years' professional experience copy editing, designing pages and managing content for the Lawrence Journal-World newspaper and its websites. I spent four years as the paper's features editor, where I oversaw and produced several arts and lifestyle print sections in addition to the arts and entertainment blog, Lawrence.com.
I was born and raised in the Kansas City area before moving to Lawrence in 2001 to attend Kansas University. After bouncing around among New York, Indianapolis and Phoenix for pre- and post-graduation internships, I moved back to Lawrence in 2006 for my first "real world" job to be a copy editor at the Journal-World, where I worked until mid-2016. I currently live in Westwood Hills, Kan.
When I'm not working you can probably find me plugged in to the internet reading analyses of the day's sports/politics/entertainment news, powering up with a latte from The Roasterie or Hi Hat cafe, playing the latest narrative-driven action game on PlayStation 4, watching the stats update on my fantasy baseball teams or binging an anime while pooh-poohing the poor grammar in the subtitles. My favorite words include boondoggle and copacetic.

JON IS A...

NEWS JUNKIE

SPORTS NUT

I absorb as much news as I can every day, from politics to food trends to weird science. Whenever I'm not scrolling through my Twitter feed I feel like I'm missing out on big breaking news or interesting information. I believe that a day when I don't learn something new is a day wasted.

Growing up in the KC area and attending KU, I’m a Chiefs, Royals and KU fan, but I stay on top of news in the sports world as much as I can. Managing a half-dozen fantasy sports teams (baseball, football, basketball) at any given time is good incentive to watch a lot of games and dig into a team's depth chart.

POP CULTURE NERD

VIDEO GAME GEEK

I'm a news junkie but I’m especially interested in pop culture and the arts. My brain is like a Katamari Damacy of pop culture knowledge, picking up and filing away all the bits of information about the media I consume. I'm always looking for the interesting stories behind a film, album, artwork, show or video game. Plus, I'm really good at naming that random actor who was in that one thing, which is great for bar trivia.

I spend a good chunk of my free time playing games, but I also follow industry news because I'm interested in the stories of how they get made. It's fascinating that a team of sometimes hundreds of artists — programmers, designers, writers and others — can come together to put their heart and soul into a single vision, resulting in an experience that can be more affecting than anything found in any other medium. My favorite games include Parasite Eve 2, The Last of Us, Life is Strange, Portal 2, Batman: Arkham City and Kentucky Route Zero.

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