Hometown Cicero, Illinois
Birthday Oct. 6
Bio Bob got bit by the journalism bug reading Woodward and Bernstein's work on Watergate in the Washington Post his dad brought back from the Atlanta airport to their rural Georgia home. He joined Patch in October 2010 after 14 years as a reporter and business editor for Appen Newpapers, publishers of four community weekly newspapers - The Revue & News, Johns Creek Herald, Forsyth Herald and Milton Herald. There he covered municipal and county government, business and community issues. An occasional column on gadgets brought business tech into the newspaper columns. He helped manage the northfulton.com Web site. He graduated from West Virginia University's Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. After freelancing for a year in the midst of a recession, he landed a job at a five-day daily in southern West Virignia, the Welch Daily News. His career continued at small daily newspapers in West Virginia, Kentucky and South Carolina, culminating in working at community newspapers in suburbs of Atlanta. This work in the community reinforced his passion for hyper local coverage, in which he can see immediate response and interaction. Bob lives in Alpharetta, halfway between Alpharetta and Milton's city halls. When he's not reporting, he spends time with friends and working on projects for the Windward Rotary Club.
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I'm a registered Republican and tend to be conservative fiscally, expecting government to follow at least one tenet of the Hippocratic Oath: Do no harm. But that extends to inaction, and I expect government to fill a role in the community, which is where my flexibility in social issues is seen.
I grew up Catholic and although I am not attending church at this time, I'm thankful for the strength it added to my morals and convictions developed under my parents' tutelage. I'm accepting of all faiths, and feel it is important to have at least a knowledge of other people's faith and values, even if understanding seems impossible.