Joining Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Patch.com is not only a great professional opportunity, but it also brings me back home. I spent the earliest days of my life in this community, growing up in Lake Bluff, and I am a graduate of Lake Forest High School. I have a genuine fondness for the area, and love spending as much time here as I can. I even still make it back home for every Lake Bluff Fourth of July Parade. I have been a freelance journalist for seven years, and have reported on local news events for Sun Times Media publications, Daily Herald, and Press Republican Newspapers, covering municipal government, community events, and writing feature stories. What I enjoy most about journalism is the opportunity to meet and learn about the different people and issues within a community, and the challenge I am given to see and report on things from every point of view.