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America is a patchwork quilt... and stories are its stitching.
Professor of Mass Communication and Journalism
Oklahoma Baptist University
Assistant Professor of Mass Communication and Journalism
From the Chair of
From the interim president of OBU...
Writing and Producing
- telling stories that unite us -
America is a patchwork quilt, and stories are its stitching. In a divided age, we need unifying stories more than ever. In order to find those stories, I practice the lost art of Shunpiking — knowing when to “shun” the turnpike and get onto the back roads where the good stories are tucked away. The ones that remind us of our best selves.
Wrote this book about war, hell, and surviving trauma with Jimmy Hatch / published by Knopf in 2018
Director, Executive Producer, and creator of the docu-series
Less Hell, More Angel
Produced and directed this doc about surprising brotherhood
On a side road in Mississippi, I witnessed black and white biker clubs doing something alarming... hugging, and blessing each other.
- creating a business to solve a problem -
Created SoldierFuel® energy bars
After discovering that civilian Army bureaucrats were pumping dangerous trans fat into Soldiers via their rations, I pioneered the movement to end trans fat in troop feeding. My brothers and I became the Army’s R&D partner in performance nutrition, and we promptly got attacked by the Old Boys' Network, which wanted to keep the status quo. But we persevered, and we created the healthier Soldier Fuel energy bar (which is now featured in the U.S. Special Operations Forces Nutrition Guide and used by militaries worldwide).
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