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Tim started working at the Arenac County Independent in 2007, and then in 2010 began writing at the Ogemaw County Herald. He also wrote for the Oscoda County Herald for six months in 2010.
Tim said moving to the Ogemaw paper was fun for him, as it gave him the chance to cover his high school, Whittemore-Prescott, where he graduated in 2002. Following graduation, he went on to attend Central Michigan University, graduating in 2006 with a major in broadcast and cinematic arts and a minor in political science. So, of course, a newspaper job was the logical path.
He not only attended high school in Ogemaw County (or Iosco County, depending on which wing of the high school you are standing in), but also grew up mostly in the county. His parents, John and Carolyn Barnum, still live in the house where he grew up in Churchill Township.
Outside of the office (when not covering sports, meetings, or community events, of course), Tim enjoys doing and watching things that make him laugh. Whether it's reading a humorous non-fiction book (he said he doesn't do fiction, at least not since the Harry Potter saga came to an end) or watching absurdly funny TV shows and stand-up comedy. He tries to fill his free time with laughter.
"What's the other options?" he asks. "Anger? Despair? Fear? No thanks on all three."
When Tim is not watching something funny like "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" or "Wilfred," it's a safe bet that he's watching sports. He said his Detroit sports teams especially the Lions and Tigers, are really the only teams he cares about, although there are several players on his fantasy team that he keeps tabs on.
"Yes, I play fantasy football," he says. "And talk about it. Sorry! I also play disc golf, and the Ogemaw Hills Recreation Complex has become like a second home to me over the past several months. Albeit it's outside, and there's nothing that really resembles a home there, but I think I could spend a weekend there, nonetheless."
All kidding aside, Tim said he enjoys writing, which is ultimately how he came to work for a newspaper. And he hopes the readers enjoy reading his writing.