Moms first, then Rollergirls

When I heard about the resurgence of roller derby, I wanted to find a different angle.  This story ran in the Living section of the Omaha World-Herald on July 16, 2006. Moms first, then Rollergirls: Rough sport empowers women The smile Tuesday Larson wears all day as an office manager and real estate agent disappears when … Continue reading

Saddle Creek Records: Then and now

These two stories — only four years apart — show the evolution of Omaha-based indie rock label Saddle Creek Records in that short timespan. As music reporter, I covered the record label and its artists as they caught the attention of top music critics. As real estate reporter and then retail reporter, I continued to … Continue reading

Bono mixes music with a message

I didn’t interview U2’s Bono, unfortunately. But I did get this major scoop — Bono stayed in Omaha the day after U2’s 2005 Omaha concert for a private meeting. At the concert, Bono made a vague reference to a Christmas party he would be attending the next day. A good source tipped me off to the details. … Continue reading

SLAM group wants to enhance music scene

Before there was Facebook, an Omaha-based website called SLAM (Support Local Art and Music) showed the power of social networking. This article, published in the Omaha World-Herald on Aug. 5, 2001, explores the phenomenon that connected local music fans online and in person. “SLAM users admit to addiction” is a sidebar that provides more insight. (It also … Continue reading