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Jay grew up on the Jersey shore, where his first job was pumping gas at the historic Hans Pederson & Sons Marina on Raritan Bay. Countless hours were spent plucking blue claws off pilings, trapping killies for bait and learning the ropes of boating from folks local reporters like to call the “last of the wooden boat builders.”
Jay left for Paris Island, SC, two weeks after graduating high school and spent the next four years ping ponging around the globe as part of the 10th Marine Regiment, including almost a year stationed aboard the USS Whidbey Island. Discharged with honors and having decided to pursue a career in journalism, Jay attended St. Cloud State University and occupied several billets at the campus newspaper. It was in the newsroom of the University Chronicle that Jay met his future wife, Becky.
Hired as the editor-in-chief of the Kanabec County Times directly out of college, Jay covered sports, crime, business, schools, government and all other items of interest in and around the Mora, MN, area. A 2010 story profiling a WWII soldier taken prisoner by the Japanese won the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Best Feature award.
In 2011 Jay was hired as founding editor of Lake Minnetonka Patch, an online news portal owned by AOL and focused on coverage of hyper-local happenings. In addition to delivering daily information to more than a dozen communities ringing the state's most popular recreational body of water, Jay was responsible for the site's social media management, community engagement and marketing.
Prior to joining MRAA, Jay served as editor-in-chief of RedCurrent—a Minneapolis tech startup building a sleek mobile app and online platform for events, schedules and calendars. Jay launched the company's blog and led a stable of experienced contributors in producing daily profiles of MSP’s most interesting people. His team's work was featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and was a key cog in RedCurrent's early success.
Jay says he chose to join MRAA because of the association's cemented reputation as the pleasure boating industry's most trusted ally and influential advocate. Have a story you want to share with the world? Jay is your guy.