He is a University of Oklahoma graduate who was a Chips Quinn Scholar at the Wichita Eagle in 1999 and a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern at The Oregonian in 2000. He worked as a copy editor in Portland through 2006, copy editing the investigative project on the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service that led the winning entry for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He worked as a reporter in late 2006 before becoming an assistant bureau chief in 2007 and assistant sports editor in 2008. He was named sports editor in 2012 and served two and a half years in that role before returning to OU in August 2014. He is an alumnus of the Poynter Institute’s Leadership Academy (2007), the Maynard Institute’s Media Academy at Harvard University (2008) and the Newspaper Association of America’s PowerMind Fellowship (2012). In 2017, he was named a College Media Association Honor Roll 4-year Newspaper Adviser. He is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
He and his wife, Amy, live in Norman with their children, Jasper, Carter and Haddie.