Bio: John was born and raised just outside of Baltimore. He earned a bachelor's degree in 2008 from Columbia University, where he served as editor in chief of the Columbia Daily Spectator.
After graduating, John interned at Talking Points Memo and the Baltimore Examiner and was a contributing writer for Who Runs Gov.
John joined Patch in February 2010, initially working as an editor in Southbury and Darien, Connecticut. He transferred to Maryland in November 2011, where he covered Riverdale Park-University Park before being named editor of College Park Patch and Laurel Patch.
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▪ How would you describe your political beliefs?
Liberal. That said, I was accused of being "in the pocket of right-wing agitators" at a previous publication. Take from that what you will.
▪ How religious would you say you are? Casual, observant, devout, non-religious?
I was raised Episcopal, but nowadays I'm unaffiliated.