My favorite mornings are Sundays, when I take my dog, Denzel, outside and grab the Sunday newspaper. Before my two kids and husband wake up, I dive into the obits with my highlighter in search of small details that tell stories about neighbors I never got to meet. I’ve been a journalist since I was a junior in high school in Springfield, Mo. I took a two-year break after college for the Peace Corps, where I served in Guyana. Since, I’ve covered features, race, immigration, the census, aging and now local news for the Poynter Institute. I’m an author and a reader, an awful cook, a lover of pop culture, a tireless vintage shopper and a reluctant exerciser.