About April

I’m a 23-year-old journalist working for a daily newspaper on the Gulf Coast. I cover business, economic development, county government, and anything else the editor tosses my way.

My interest in journalism began early, as I was a staff writer for my junior high newspaper and the editor of my high school newspaper in southern Mississippi. When I realized I could get paid to be nosy, I knew a journalism career was for me.

I began writing for professional publications when I was 16, starting at a regional daily as a community news correspondent. I later edited my university’s newspaper in Alabama and wrote freelance features for an alternative weekly.

I began my first full-time journalism job at a weekly business journal in Miami, Fla. There I covered hospitality and tourism, the creative industries, real estate, education, transportation and other general business news.

In my free time, I love to travel. I also enjoy photography – particularly still lifes and black and white portraiture – and reading. I especially love southern gothic literature, classic novels, and sleazy murder mysteries. I like good coffee, politics, cooking and comedies.

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