Meet the blogger
My life, in 60 seconds
I grew up in suburban Los Angeles. Moved to Michigan to play college hockey. What? Seriously. Hockey didn't work out. Settled on journalism. Met girl of my dreams (now wife) while in college. Encountered the wondrous Great Lakes. Never returned to California. Blessed with three wonderful children. Worked as a reporter and editor for 25 years at several Michigan newspapers. Wrote two books. Left the newspaper industry in 2009. Started my own writing and media consulting business (J. Alexander Communications). Now a contract writer for hire. I enjoy kayaking, hiking, reading, watching pro hockey and college football, traveling, exploring the Great Lakes and occasionally trying to rise above the rank of world's worst angler. And I blog about the Great Lakes because these freshwater seas are, in a word, incredible. Thanks for visiting!
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- Christmas comes early for the Great Lakes
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- Four nuclear power plants on the Great Lakes rank among the nation’s worst for high level safety violations
Monthly Archives: November 2012
An Illinois radio station recently produced a news story about how anglers can help rein in the Asian carp population in the Illinois River by fishing the heck out of the species. It’s the “If you can’t beat ‘em, eat … Continue reading
Before Jesse Ventura’s TV show went missing, the former governor of Minnesota did a segment on what he called the “Great Lakes Conspiracy Theory.” It’s an interesting piece. Sensational, to be sure, but it raises some valid questions and concerns … Continue reading
Reblogged from Keepers of the Water: Plastic pollutants circulate in pockets of the Great Lakes at concentrations higher than any other body of water on Earth, according to a recent State University of New York study. The study is the … Continue reading
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, an Illinois Republican, will make a triumphant return to Congress in January, months after suffering a stroke. Kirk recently said that one of his priorities upon returning to Capitol Hill will be seeking a ban on … Continue reading