About

Art by Kriss Stress
Art by Kriss Stress

Hi! My name is Richard, and this is my website. I’m a graduate student in Loyola University Chicago’s Digital Media & Storytelling program. I also currently work at the university as a graduate assistant for an undergraduate communication ethics course. I’m also a content creator with over five years experience as a freelance writer, blogger and digital media producer.

I have written for quite a few Chicago publications including the Chicago Sun-Times, Time Out Chicago and Chicagoist. In 2009, I also launched a Chicago music blog called LoudLoopPress.com, which was voted “Best Local Music Blog” in the Chicago Reader’s reader poll in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

While originally born in Illinois, I mostly grew up in Houston, Texas. I moved to New Orleans in 2003, where I attended and graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a B.A. in print journalism. After I graduated, I spent the next 10 months in New Orleans working as an editorial assistant and writer for the Louisiana music and culture publication OffBeat Magazine.

In 2008, I moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University for grad school and graduated with a M.A. in journalism. Afterwards, I worked for two years at Groupon as a merchant researcher, and later, worked as an instructional designer for an E-learning company called Cognitive Arts in Evanston, IL.

I’m also a musician and play guitar and bass. I currently play bass in the Chicago surf-garage rock band, Bleach Party, and a few other projects. Also, most of my freelance writing consists of album reviews and music-related pieces.

Other interests of mine include reading comic books/watching comic book-related TV shows or movies and agonizing over the Chicago Bears every Sunday in the fall.

Anyway, thanks for visiting my site! Feel free to connect with me via email or social media.

Photo by Dan Schuessler
Photo by Dan Schuessler