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Alex Keown
I spent seven years covering state and local politics for daily newspapers in eastern North Carolina. I cut my teeth reporting on municipal and county government at The Daily Southerner before quickly moving on to start a new political beat at The Wilson Daily Times.
In addition to politics, I wrote feature articles about numerous subjects, but many pertained to local history. I wrote about eastern North Carolina during the pre-colonial period -- exploring the countryside with a local archaeologist for signs of Native American settlements -- during the revolutionary period as well as the Civil War period. I also interviewed several World War II veterans for a living history project. I left journalism and North Carolina in the summer of 2007 to move to DuPage County, Illinois to try my hand at corporate writing. Caught up in a round of layofffs I decided to return to the profession I love. I now work as a freelance journalist writing for multiple Chicagoland publications and Web sites.
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