Hometown West St. Paul, MN
Birthday March 19, 1978
Bio: Shawn has been a community journalist in Scott County since graduating from the University of Minnesota's school of journalism in 2006. He has spent the last five years as a staff photographer and reporter with the Prior Lake American and Savage Pacer newspapers covering police, fire, courts and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, while penning human interest and entertainment stories.
In his five-year career, Shawn has received several awards from the Minnesota Newspaper Association ranging from best investigative news series to best sports feature story. He was also named Southwest Newspaper's Journalist of the Year in 2009.
Shawn lives to spend time with his wife, son, Golden Retriever and American Bulldog. He loves camping, hiking, heading out to music festivals, tossing a round of Frisbee golf and hacking around the links with his pals. He also sees a lot of boating and fishing in his near future.
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I am not a registered member of any party, but I do love talking politics (so much so that I minored in political science at the University of Minnesota). One thing journalism has taught me over the years is that there are strong arguments on both sides of the political aisle, so I find my personal beliefs to be somewhere in the middle on almost every issue. If I had to sum up my political beliefs in four words, I would quote one of my favorite songs by Michael Franti: "Nobody right. Nobody wrong."
I was raised Lutheran, but if you look me up on Facebook you will see that I believe God is in the details.
Local Hot-Button Issues
I have only been here short while, so let me think on this one ... Oh, right the Stillwater Lift Bridge. Taxes, spending habits and city and school budgets also rise to the top of the list.