In 2007, I graduated from UNC Asheville with a major in literature and a minor in print journalism. The next year I returned to my hometown of Charlotte and freelanced an article for the Charlotte Observer on the Sweet Union Rollergirls, a local roller derby team. This led to me freelancing on a regular basis for the Observer’s Neighbors of Union section, where I covered a variety of people and subjects relating to Union County.
In addition to writing occasional articles, I also took over as the school news compiler for three years. In that role, I received press releases about school news in the Charlotte metro area and boiled them down to their essence in short, concise blurbs written in the appropriate AP style.
Today, I write two monthly beer-related columns for the Observer: “Beer Here” and “Sip of the Week.” You can find those pieces here. If you would like to see some older pieces that I wrote for the Observer’s Neighbors of Union section, just e-mail me at danielhartis (at) yahoo.com.