Ten years ago, as a rookie newspaper reporter, I exposed a drug and gun trafficking syndicate led by a Kentucky sheriff. The corruption was killer—enabled by a pay-to-play judicial system and enforced by the sheriff’s knuckle dragging associates with no regard for civil liberties or human life. My reporting came to an end after federal agents determined the threat against my life was credible enough to warrant “relocation.” Breaking news is complicated when days begin with continental breakfast, courtesy of Uncle Sam.
I survived, and I stayed where my story began—in a small, Interstate 75 town located near the Kentucky-Tennessee border. Instead of returning to the news business, I went to work for the 40-year Kentucky State Police veteran who ousted the high sheriff and helped rebuild the sheriff’s department. I worked with my hometown police department (also tarnished by corruption and drug use) to restore public trust. Benefiting from years of experience on the front lines of America’s opioid epidemic, I volunteered to provide public safety education and promote treatment opportunities in the epidemic’s epicenter: Central Appalachia.
Operating within and outside of law enforcement, I remain dedicated to promoting accountability and protecting equal opportunity and justice under the law. Empowered by 10+ years of investigative and communications experience, I continue as a concerned citizen to meet the responsibility that time and circumstance placed on me at 20-years-old:
To Protect and Inform.
Although politicians or other bad actors have not recently found themselves scrutinized on the front page under my by-line, I have continued to investigate and study corruption. Despite incredible backlash to exposing gross abuse within my community, I remained because I wanted to do more than point out a problem. I was determined to contribute to the solution. To that effect, I’ve created CommonCorruption.com to share my experiences and help empower other concerned citizens nationwide in defense against what I consider America’s greatest internal threat: Common Corruption.
I also stayed because there was more to the story—more that begged to be explored and deserves to be shared. The story is bigger than its characters and their criminalities; it’s more than one community’s moment in time. During the last decade, I have reflected on my experiences and findings. I look forward to sharing the full story with you. Stay tuned.
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