Hello. My name is Todd Vogts. I am a journalist and writer from Kansas, the heartland of America, and I am proud of that.
I wrote my first short story when I was in the fourth grade. It was less than one hand-written page in my trusty, spiral-bound notebook. It was a tale of a quarterback who threw the ball so hard his arm was torn from its socket. Then the arm came to life and began to attack people before the cops showed up and put the arm to sleep.
It was a weird story, but it was the start of my writing career, which is a career I love. While I continue to write fiction (I’m a published author with my debut novel being “Murder at St. Alfanus“), my energies focus on journalism, specifically online and multimedia journalism.
When asked why I got into journalism, I always explain that it probably started because of smoking.
I helped deliver a weekly advertising publication when I was younger, and one night my friend and I finished with extra copies. We couldn’t return them, so we decided to burn them.
As we did so, I pretended to smoke one like a cigar, and I accidentally inhaled. In my naiveté, I panicked because I thought I would become addicted to smoking.
Obviously, that is not how the habit works, but I like to tell people I am addicted to journalism because of that night.
Of course, I really got hooked the magic drug of journalism due to the adrenaline rush one gets when beating the ambulance to the scene of a helicopter crash or getting that story no one else has and just barely beating the press deadline.
Rock climbing is for wusses.
This addiction has led to my love affair with online journalism, and I have been pursuing such multimedia ventures in the media world since my freshman year of college.
During this time, I have hone my reporting abilities and developed many Web-related skills. These include site design, video and audio production, photography, graphic creation and writing for the Web.
I’m a journalist, and I’m thriving in the digital age. Ink runs through my veins, but I’m powered by a laptop and digital camera. Where news happens, I’m there. I live by a simple, yet all-encompassing motto: “Comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable.”
I have a wide range of journalism experience, and I am a self-starter. I operate several business ventures as an entrepreneur, such as being a publisher, a disk jockey and a web designer. For my full work experience, you can check out my resume.
I am so thankful for all the opportunities I have had, and I attribute my successes to the loving support of my family and friends. Without them, none of this would possible.
I thank you for visiting this site and checking out my work. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy creating it!
— Todd Vogts