Brandie comes to you from the Chicagoland area via Providence, R.I. After earning an undergraduate degree in philosophy of science from the University of Illinois, she found she couldn't get a job. Imagine that! So she went on to earn a Master's degree in journalism from Boston University. Brandie has worked at the Providence Journal as a Metcalf Institute Environmental Reporter, as a general assignment reporter and as an online reporter.
She has also worked at the Associated Press, and done freelance for a whole bunch of publications, including AAA (you know that newsletter!), Providence Business News and MassDevice.com.
Now Brandie is in Maryland and is in L-O-V-E with the state -- the diversity, the food (she had her first crab!), the nightlife, the great central location along the Eastern Seaboard. When not tied to the computer, or interviewing folks for a story, Brandie can be found deejaying 60s music at a few clubs around Baltimore; watching a local band; or just out with friends (and talking to strangers) at one of her local haunts.
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I have always been an extremely liberal-minded person. To me, that means accepting the fact that no one has all of the answers and that we are all trying to find them. I genuinely respect and appreciate the fact that people can come to such different conclusions and I love nothing more than a good conversation with someone who has completely different views than I do.
Local Hot-Button Issues
I'm new to Ellicott City, so I'd like you to tell me what you think is important! I do suspect that maintaining the unique character of the community is important to many residents -- I plan to keep an eye on zoning and development issues.