During my time covering sports for MassLive, my favorite stories used sports as a lens to explore something bigger: a look at how one Springfield high school girls basketball team kept its players in school and took care of them off the court, or what it’s like for a veteran minor-league hockey goalie, his wife and his two young daughters to move to a new city almost every year for his career. Outside of sports, I love writing about travel, music and culture, and you can find some of that work here. I also write fiction and essays, which you can find here.

When I’m not writing, I’m usually reading, watching the Pittsburgh Pirates, biking or playing hockey. I grew up in western Pennsylvania, but I’ve lived in Massachusetts since coming here for college in 2009, bouncing from Boston to the Northampton area and back to Boston again. I studied abroad twice in college, first exploring Ireland, then immersing myself in Spanish language and South American culture in Peru. I will eat breakfast food for any meal, and I’m on an informal quest to find the best home fries in Massachusetts. (Right now, Silver Spoon in Easthampton and @Union in Allston are the frontrunners.)

For a mix of stray music thoughts and sighing about the Pirates, you can find my Twitter account hereSend Boston diner recommendations (or just say hey) to anniem9109 at gmail dot com.

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