Key to me is getting my colleagues' work to more people who perhaps haven't always read the Times — as well as getting readers engaged in our work so the journalistic process is no mystery. So, too, is coverage of communities that traditionally have been neglected by media outlets. My passion is to bring such stories to the forefront with tbt*'s Coast is Queer section. Have a tip or want to write about the large and varied LGBTQ community in Tampa Bay? Email me. Like many others in Florida, I grew in the cornfields of Indiana — and still love ranch and the fall. I earned my bachelor's degree at Ball State University where I studied journalism and French. In my previous Times life, I was a copy editor; before that, I worked for Bleacher Report and the Muncie Star Press.