Julius Fredrick —Contributing Writer
When not obsessively curating Spotify playlists or wiping away a single cathartic tear from the corner of his eye at the end of a good read, Julius Fredrick can often be found at the zoo giving unsolicited tours to his friends and family. He enjoys food cut into triangles (pizza, quesadillas, finger sandwiches, etc.), and poorly delivering the misheard lyrics of his favorite artists (David Bowie and Kendrick Lamar). With degrees in English, anthropology, and psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Fredrick is inspired by the mysteries of the human condition and seeks to better understand both himself and the people around him, however clumsy the pursuit may seem.
Kate Smith—Editorial Intern
Kate Smith is an aspiring lifelong learner. Currently studying journalism, political science, and French at Creighton University, she has always had a strong connection with words. The self-proclaimed bookworm takes any opportunity she can to read or write. Smith hopes to pursue a career in news reporting and conduct research. Omaha is her home—with the restaurants, art galleries, and outdoor spaces she loves so much—but she also loves to travel. In 2018, Smith finally saw the ocean for the first time and she was swept off her feet. When she’s not studying, exploring, or traveling, Smith spends her free time challenging her mom to games of Scrabble, spending time with family, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, taking care of her plants, and playing volleyball with friends.
Sarah Lemke—Contributing Photographer
Sarah is a junior at the University of Nebraska-Omaha studying journalism and anthropology with an emphasis in creative media. Lemke began working as assistant to photographer Bill Sitzmann in 2012, and she has contributed photography to Omaha Magazine since 2013. Lemke also operates her own photography business; she previously worked as the photo editor for Fat Brain Toys and photographer for radio station KZUM in Lincoln. On top of being a federally licensed drone pilot, she is an avid motorcycle rider (a trait inherited from both of her parents), a dog fanatic, and a music enthusiast. You can often find her bowling terribly at West Lanes mid-week with her friends and winning first place in Mario Kart.
Tim Trudell—Contributing Writer
Tim Trudell remembers hammering out his version of a neighborhood newspaper on an old typewriter his parents gave him as a childhood gift. After actually entering the journalism profession, he wrote stories ranging from national news to local sports. He has worked in community news in Papillion, Ralston, and Gretna. He is now a full-time freelance writer and online content creator (working primarily with magazines and newspapers). Trudell is the co-creator, photographer, editor, and writer for the travel blog The Walking Tourists (thewalkingtourists.com). He and his wife, Lisa, are co-authors of 100 Things to Do in Omaha Before You Die and the upcoming Unique Eats and Eateries of Omaha. Trudell is about to start working on a new book, 100 Things to Do in Nebraska Before You Die.
This article was printed in the May 2019 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.