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I currently work for cleveland.com covering the Cleveland Browns. Previously, I worked for the Akron Beacon Journal, was a beat writer at The Toledo Blade, and freelanced for numerous outlets While living in D.C., I had the opportunity to write web stories for NBC News. While in college, I served as assistant sports editor for The Carroll News. To view each article, just click the arrow below the title.  You can also view archives of my work for Cleveland.com, the Beacon Journal, Fear The Sword, NEO Sports Insiders, Swish Appeal and The Carroll News.

Cleveland.com

For one Browns safety, a backyard wheelbarrow is a reminder of his long, rocky road to the NFL
Browns rookie kicker Cade York has fallen in love with the process of reaching for the unattainable
Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce: What’s behind the phenomenon of the world’s most popular power couple
Moving the chain(s): The Browns defense is rocking 2 incentive-based accessories this season
Deshaun Watson excited to make Browns debut; declines non-football questions in 1st interview since Aug. 18
Dalvin Tomlinson playing as a force, an unsung hero, and the Browns’ very own ‘Kung Fu Panda’
Browns defense didn’t forget Ravens LB Roquan Smith’s ‘beat their tails’ comments, and showed it in big win over Baltimore
How the Browns got some unexpected kickoff help after Dustin Hopkins exited against Texans, and how it’s emblematic of their team
Nick Chubb’s injury hits home for Anthony Walker Jr., given their shared history
How Maurice Hurst II ended up back with the Browns (and why he’s so happy about it)
New Browns DT is one of ‘biggest technicians’ in Jim Schwartz’s scheme and has big opportunity ahead
Inside the most debated call - Joel Embiid’s 6th foul reversal - in the Cavs’ loss to the Sixers
Excitement of Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour hits different for a Browns reporter: Ashley Bastock
Jim Brown statue offers remembrance for fans after his death: ‘Jim is basically the embodiment of what Cleveland is’
Why the Browns’ last 3 games were a huge teaching point for Cade York
Browns hopeful there could be ‘big opportunities’ in the run game with Deshaun Watson at quarterback
‘I don’t think you’ll find another room like it:’ Browns quiet receiver room content to let play do the talking
Browns LT Jedrick Wills Jr., no longer hindered by ankle injury, focused on his future in Cleveland
Baker Mayfield tattoos represent more than just the quarterback for Browns fans
What the Browns need to accomplish during the bye week
Browns’ Myles Garrett promises dunks and delivers in NBA All-Star Celebrity game
Cavs fan Greg Newsome II hopes NBA All-Star Weekend foreshadows the excitement the Browns could bring
High school football roots still go deep for Kareem Hunt, Denzel Ward, Kevin Stefanski as Browns give back
Jarrett Allen’s return exemplifies culture the Cavaliers have built, even as they fall short in playoff push
Browns holding three separate walkthroughs on Wednesday after positive COVID-19 cases
Browns quarterback Nick Mullens ready for anything as Cleveland prepares to face Raiders
Browns OT Jack Conklin ‘ready to roll’ for Steelers game Sunday
Evan Mobley and Darius Garland connect for ‘game-sealer’ as Cavaliers top Nets
Cavaliers’ Darius Garland should definitely be an All-Star, say Dwyane Wade and Candace Parker
 Kevin Love and Cedi Osman connect for “back-breaking” play in fourth quarter against Pacers
MVP Stephen Curry’s historic 3-point flurry turns boos to cheers, helps swing NBA All-Star Game 2022
Ward’s record-breaking Browns contract extension ‘a blessing’ as they solidify young core
Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Sonny Leon was an underdog, but also Northeast Ohio racing community favorite
What makes Amari Cooper great? For the Browns, it’s about more than route running
A September injury changed everything for Anthony Walker Jr.; Now, he just wants to play again
No, Taylor Swift isn’t ‘ruining football.’ She’s just not hiding her relationship with Travis Kelce - Ashley Bastock
The underrated part of Amari Cooper’s game - one he doesn’t even consider a skill - that’s helping the Browns offense
Myles Garrett disappointed Odell Beckham Jr. situation spiraled ‘out of control’ 
The Browns’ improbable run to the playoffs is leaving me speechless. Let’s attempt to put it into words: Ashley Bastock
‘There is no such thing as burning out:’ Browns defense confident it can get back to dominating ways after two straight losses
Alex Wright has learned to take more of a backseat in his 2nd year -- and it helped notch his 1st career sack
‘He means a lot more than just football to us:’ After Nick Chubb’s injury, Jerome Ford will need to use everything he’s learned from Browns’ star RB
Cade York’s Browns tenure was defined by the battle for perfection: Ashley Bastock
This Ohio State product has been a preseason spark for the Browns defense. Will it be enough to make the roster?
Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley made game-changing plays as Cavs clinched playoff berth, showing a glimpse of their postseason potential
How new Browns receiver Marquise Goodwin found a motivation bigger than football
Browns WR Donovan Peoples-Jones says Cleveland ‘feels like home’ as he becomes extension eligible
Joe Thomas, with Hall of Fame star power, made being a Browns fan fun even when it wasn’t: Ashley Bastock
Browns rookie David Bell laments tipped ball that led to Deshaun Watson INT in Saints loss: ‘I take full responsibility’
Greg Newsome II says Browns had Bengals game circled after feeling disrespected: ‘We had to shut them up again’
Without scoring a point, Ricky Rubio is the X-factor in Cavs’ come-from-behind win over Bulls
Browns RB Kareem Hunt, seeking a contract extension, says he’s “100%” after 2021 calf, ankle injuries
What’s the Browns’ identity after their ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ loss to the Patriots?
Why Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah didn’t claim Baker Mayfield’s jersey number after trade
Cavaliers’ Jarrett Allen ready to prove he’s a one-of-a-kind NBA All-Star
Denzel Ward’s record-breaking Browns contract extension exciting to see for Nordonia football, where he got his start
Cavaliers prove they are ‘built to win ugly’ against Pelicans
Browns’ sense of urgency still has room to improve before rematch vs. Ravens, Myles Garrett says
Forcing takeaways proves contagious for Browns defense in win over Bengals
Why Myles Garrett says he is eliminating short sleeves from his gameday wardrobe
Cavaliers have improved third quarters and learned how to play with a lead in the process
Cavaliers’ free throw missteps keep popping up at inopportune times
 Despite battling back injury, Darius Garland showed he never lost focus in Cavaliers’ win over Spurs
How WR Drake London’s basketball background helps him stand out in a deep NFL Draft class
Deshaun Watson’s legal issues: What to know about them, and what lies ahead
Browns’ Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has made a name by being versatile -- on and off the field
Cavaliers’ Donovan Mitchell embraced the Browns the moment he arrived in Cleveland. It hasn’t gone unnoticed
From the time he was a kid, Donovan Peoples-Jones prepared for his moment
The injured Browns player who’s still ‘pivotal’ to production as Cleveland begins the postseason
No. 3: Browns rookie David Bell and his mission to remember his late teammate Dijon Anderson 
‘Bring on the problems:’ Why the Browns are a team built to cause chaos in the postseason - Ashley Bastock
Inside the Saturday meeting that helped the Browns defense get its ‘swagger’ back in win over the Jaguars
Grant Delpit wearing ‘his heart on his sleeve’ and making plays in strong start for Browns defense
‘It’s a beautiful thing:’ Browns defense relishes creating confusion and chaos
The misconception about David Bell and the Browns -- and why he doesn’t care
Travis and Jason Kelce, brothers and Super Bowl opponents, are still ‘Cleveland Heights through and through’
This stellar Game 1 Donovan Mitchell play may be overlooked -- but it could help fuel Cavs in series vs. Knicks
Browns DE Isaiah Thomas has matured on and off the field this year thanks to major life events
‘It’s definitely breathtaking:’ Anthony Walker Jr.’s injury leaves Browns defense without one of its most vocal leaders
Few fans, no traffic, boos and cheers, offensive issues: What it was like covering Deshaun Watson’s return to the field
Browns CB Martin Emerson Jr., thriving against top competition in his rookie year, hopes opposing QBs keep testing him
Browns rookie Isaiah Thomas has been a pleasant surprise despite small sample size
Should the Browns have gone for it on their opening drive 4th down? It’s a nuanced debate
Browns rookie Isaiah Thomas embracing new role as a dad, still fighting on the field
Browns defense relishes chance to seal victory against Ravens
Browns’ mysterious Alpha Dog training camp competition fueling defense
Masters of verticality- What it would mean for the Cavaliers defensively if Jarrett Allen rejoins Evan Mobley
Injuries raised ‘what if’ questions about the Cavaliers’ season, but also tested and strengthened mental toughness
Joel Bitonio’s contract extension is about more than money for the longest-tenured Cleveland Brown
Browns’ Myles Garrett plays through pain, frustration in loss to Packers
Why were Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt on the sideline for the Browns’ final drive?
Darius Garland’s maturation the key to unlocking Cavaliers’ offense this season
Evan Mobley’s short memory a gift for the Cavaliers
Kevin Love gets hot from 3, ditches first-half hesitancy as Cavaliers top Hornets
Patience, finding the right pieces key to the Cavaliers’ success, says TNT’s Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith
Browns GM Andrew Berry expects strong return from Jack Conklin, says Jedrick Wills will remain at left tackle
Browns offensive tackle Chris Hubbard returning to Cleveland on a one-year deal, according to league source
The inside story of Anthony Schwartz’s mental health struggles this season: ‘Don’t be scared to find a solution’
Browns rookie receiver comes from a football family, but has always run his own route
Meet the former Brown behind the hilarious incident that almost derailed Joe Thomas’ NFL-record snap streak
Cade York’s uneven rookie year has ‘tested everything’ for the Browns kicker
Chase Winovich chopped his hair -- now he wants to show he’s a cut above with the Browns
‘Do you see swag?’ - Browns defense living up to big preseason talk
Browns All-Pro guard fought through back injury in win over Texans, but must repeat it with a short week looming
Browns rookie Dawand Jones gains learning experience he expected against T.J. Watt
Big dawgs gotta eat: Browns DTs are responding to challenges and relishing freedom in Jim Schwartz’s defense
How Sione Takitaki has impressed during ACL rehab, and why he’s hopeful for his defensive role
Cavs, Donovan Mitchell create ‘something out of nothing’ to help ice Celtics’ Grant Williams at the foul line
Donovan Mitchell: ‘I feel like I wasn’t the player I needed to be’ as Cavs make early playoff exit
A Jim Brown quote worth revisiting after his death: Ashley Bastock
Browns QB Deshaun Watson stays silent on Wednesday, but teammates talk excitement of his return
Deshaun Watson struggled in the preseason, but Browns don’t put much stock in that
Browns’ former Ohio State and Michigan players ready for The Game 2022: ‘It’s kind of built in to you’
Bone Collectors: How dog bones became a sought-after prize for the Browns defense
Baker Mayfield brought young fans back to the Browns and that will always be part of his Cleveland legacy
What’s going on with the Browns’ punting battle? Corey Bojorquez gives his insight
Jadeveon Clowney feels ‘ahead of the curve’ going into the offseason
Browns’ Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah prioritizing holistic approach to football entering year 2
Evan Mobley’s 100th career block comes in spectacular fashion as Cavaliers top Clippers
Cavaliers’ Evan Mobley repeatedly proved how special he was as a rookie, but his ceiling is nowhere in sight
Browns kicker Cade York has already gotten advice from Phil Dawson, enters rookie minicamp with confidence
Nick Chubb tries to be the hero for the Browns, but it’s not enough in loss to Packers: Ashley Bastock
COVID outbreak turns the week into a topsy-turvy mess for the Browns, their fans and the NFL league office
Cavaliers’ dazzling Evan Mobley continues to show he isn’t your average NBA rookie
Cavaliers’ Evan Mobley repeatedly proved how special he was as a rookie, but his ceiling is nowhere in sight
Cedi Osman, Kevin Love team up to lead Cavaliers’ biggest comeback win of the year, 98-85 over Pacers
What I’ll remember about NBA All-Star Weekend 2022 
Browns Kevin Stefanski says locker room chemistry isn’t an issue- “Winning is a deodorant”
Browns draft WR David Bell of Purdue with No. 99 pick

Akron Beacon Journal:

Cleveland fan battling cancer in hospice, attends game of a lifetime as Browns clinch playoff spot
Twins Chris and Cordell Livingston transferring to Oak Hill Academy from Buchtel
STVM's Malaki Branham accepts Ohio Mr. Basketball Award, bringing standout career to a close
Zach Plesac among players welcoming Cleveland Guardians name as an exciting change
Cavaliers' Collin Sexton and Darius Garland excelling with offensive production this month
Offensive rebounds, turnovers erase Cavaliers' 'flashes' of good against Hornets
Jarrett Allen out with concussion leaving Cavaliers without any centers against Kings
STVM tops Columbus DeSales to claim ninth state title
Joyce says patience will be key going forward for STVM
Dru Joyce III dancing in first-ever NCAA Tournament as Cleveland State assistant coach
Sophomores Kramer, Brustoski give Falls major contributions
Hudson-Jackson girls lacrosse rivalry offers early glimpse at potential postseason matchup
Revere softball claims Division II district crown over Norton thanks to decisive 6-run sixth inning
Bronny James shows flashes of father, but more of himself during basketball showcase at St. Vincent-St. Mary
Hudson volleyball standout Anna Faust refuses to let juvenile rheumatoid arthritis slow her down
Foul fans pushing more officials to quit. Could high school sports be sidelined as a result?
Cleveland's Wilson Ramos finds Major League opportunity against his former team
Larry Nance Jr.'s leadership important as Cavaliers look to overcome last-second loss to Kings
While Cavaliers made good run against Wizards, inexperience in clutch situations proves costly
Cavaliers' Isaac Okoro calls praise from Miami's Jimmy Butler 'a blessing'
 STVM shows it's a well-oiled machine by dissecting Lima Shawnee's offense
With COVID-19 fan restrictions, area high schools turn to livestreaming athletic events
Buchtel's Chris Livingston named Gatorade's Ohio boys basketball player of the year
CVCA's Casalinova can score, but she's not focused on it
Hudson softball's tournament run ends with loss to Perry in Div. I district semifinals
Chloie Brown, Tallmadge softball's lone varsity returner, brings unique leadership style
Chris Livingston's versatility, 'generational talent' on display as Buchtel tops East
STVM juniors Pryor, Harris already looking to continue legacy
With trade deadline looming, Cavaliers center JaVale McGee a bright spot in loss to Kings
Cavaliers say execution needs to match talk following loss to Pistons
Cavaliers fail to make the most of opportunity against Bulls, harming play-in goal
Third quarter soured even further for Cavaliers as Darius Garland goes down with injury
Cleveland's Shane Bieber best version of himself in pitcher's duel against White Sox
All-star games highlight Akron-area softball players from classes of 2020 and 2021
Livingston scores 2,000th point, Buchtel wins district title
Walsh Jesuit advances to Div. I baseball state tournament with 7-0 win over Mayfield in regional final
Hudson's Maddie Roukey shows adaptability in early stages of senior season
Copley sophomore guard Khoi Thurmon transferring to Buchtel for 2021-22 school year
Woodridge girls and boys basketball teams in quarantine due to separate COVID-19 exposures
The Joyce name brings strong connection from area high schools to Cleveland State
STVM's Malaki Branham makes history winning Ohio's Mr. Basketball