J=Rocklahoma

Tulsa world report and rock and roll fantasy camper Mike Averill plays alongside bassist Dave Ellefson, formerly of Megadeth, on the main stage during the first day for Rocklahoma. Cory Young/Tulsa World

Years in media: 16

Why I got into this business: My father was a lifelong journalist so I was able to grow up watching the positive impact he was able to have on the community.

In one sentence, why is journalism important: Journalism can provide a voice to those who otherwise would be silent while challenging those who try the hardest to be heard.

What three words describe you: decent human being

What issue fires you up: Social injustice

Who is a Tulsan you admire: David Teegarden

What is your favorite local hangout: By the water

Favorite movie: “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”

Favorite book: “Choke”

Favorite quote: “We all go a little mad sometimes, haven’t you?” — "Psycho"