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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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
Efforts to restore the Great Lakes from more than a century of human-induced abuses have made great strides over the past decade, but a looming federal budget crisis could undo much of that progress. Great Lakes advocates worked with Congress … Continue reading
Great Lakes Week kicks off today in Cleveland and is fitting that this conference — focusing on restoring the Great Lakes — is being held in Cleveland, near the shores of Lake Erie. Cleveland, which was once dubbed the Mistake by … Continue reading
Swimming across Lake Ontario is one of the world’s most difficult swims, according to an interesting article on Great Lakes ECHO. Powerful currents and rapidly changing water temperatures make swimming across the lake a risky endeavor. Swimming across Lake Ontario was … Continue reading
The massive plume of plastic waste floating in the Pacific Ocean has garnered lots of media attention lately. Turns out, the Great Lakes face a similar problem, but on a smaller scale. A group of students spent their summer looking … Continue reading
Michigan Tech University on July 30 unveiled its new $25 million Great Lakes Research Center. The opening of this facility is great news for the university and the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes are facing a myriad of serious threats, … Continue reading
Nearly fifty people have already drowned in the Great Lakes this year, and there is still about six weeks remaining in the summer swimming season. These numbers, which have already surpassed the 2011 total for Great Lakes drownings, are astounding … Continue reading
Announcing the Asian Carp Doomsday Clock — a new way to convey the risk of these invaders storming the Great Lakes
In the 1940s, scientists concerned that the world was headed for nuclear holocaust unveiled a clever graphic called the Doomsday Clock. Given the recent news that Asian carp DNA has been found in Lake Erie — and that the invaders … Continue reading
Scientists announced on Friday (the 13th) that they’ve detected Asian carp DNA in Lake Erie. The samples were collected from the lake in August 2011 but just recently analyzed. A Notre Dame scientist who made the discovery said the most likely … Continue reading