A new chapter, back in Cincinnati

In May 2015 I accepted an offer to return to the Cincinnati Enquirer as a full-time sports photographer.

I was in a great position at Ohio State University, but an opportunity to return to a city I love and join the staff of the newspaper where I interned during college, and return to the kind of work that I love doing was one I had to take. So I packed up my tiny studio apartment in Columbus’ Olde Towne East neighborhood and went back home to the Queen City.

A lot had changed since I moved away in June 2012. Over-the-Rhine was just beginning to look like a place you’d want to spend time again, and The Bank project was only then starting to take shape. When I moved back in spring 2015 it was like all of those seeds had finally bloomed and downtown was buzzing. But as much as things had changed, I was shocked at how familiar everything remained. I felt like I never left.

Summer 2015 was huge for Cincinnati. Almost like a reintroduction party, the city was hosting the MLB All-Star Game in July and crews were out daily making sure downtown was in top condition for the national audience. Of course, this was also a huge reason I decided to come back to The Enquirer.

I was anxious to dive back into full-time newspaper work, and get down to Great American Ballpark to cover The Reds.

May was a serious homecoming.