Jeremy Nulik touches things with his heart & brain
Love & Forgiveness
STL’s own Jackie Joyner-Kersee on challenges, fresh starts and living the life of a true champion.
Cover Story of Alive Magazine, January 2014.
Even years past her Olympic glory, Jackie Joyner-Kersee remains dedicated to her community and to her mission. To complete this piece, I followed Joyner-Kersee on a number of her appearances and spent quiet moments with the athlete turned social enterprise entrepreneur.
In addition to writing and researching the piece, I worked with the editorial team at Alive Magazine and with Attilio D'Agostino to create both the editorial and creative angle.
A spotlight on the people, places and themes that are driving the food scene of St. Louis forward.
Cover Story of Feast Magazine January 2013
This feature bridges the gaps between business innovation and food cultures. With a strong vision from the editorial team at Feast, I worked to explain the strong forces at work behind the burgeoning St. Louis food scene.
The two themes I was assigned were mobility and incubation.
The illustrations are by Lisa Allen of Feast Magazine.
A Day in the Life of Serial Entrepreneur, Attilio D'Agostino.
Cover Story of Small Business Monthly, May 2011
This Day-in-the-Life piece offers an intimate look at one of the areas most unpredictable and driven entrepreneurs and artists. To create the story, I followed D'Agostino from the time he woke at 5:30 AM to the time he went to bed near midnight. His nonstop, intense personality and daily life is captured in narrative, photography and with journal-style notes.
I also lead the creative direction for photography by Bill Sawalich and designed the layout.
They seem like normal people from their countenance, dress and values. But under the surface, there is a burning passion for fungus. For this feature in Feast, I embedded myself for three days with a group of morel hunters for their annual spring gathering. What I uncovered was a greater glimpse at humanity than fungus.
The illustrations are by Lisa Allen of Feast Magazine took my words to another level. And Jennifer Sivlerberg's photos gave the story a new depth.
Character Story in St. Louis Business Journal, March 3, 2014
Devon Allman, St. Louis native and son of rock legend Gregg Allman, has a vision for not only his music (he is also an accomplished musician) but for the music industry as well. Revealing that business vision was an inspiring portion of this story.
Moonshining harkens back to the agrarian golden age of the U.S., when family farms would ferment leftover grain into beer and then distill it into spirits. Though the practice is old, it is far from outdated. As many distillers and bartenders will tell you, the spirit industry is in the midst of a whiskey revival.
I worked with local distillers, bar owners and industry experts to flesh out the why behind the resurgence of whiskey.
The incredible feats of five St. Louis endurance athletes and what drives them to this do-or-die way of life.
Feature Story for Alive Magazine, July 2013.
I was witness to some of the area's unsung and most driven athletes. They are gutsy, raw, hard-scrabble people, and I had the fortune of capturing their true grit.
I worked with the editorial team at Alive Magazine to organize and prioritize hours of research into the personalities and their respective sports. A sports-related story was new for the medium, so we had to work out the proper editorial angle.
Sam Dotson: The man in the middle of one of the most dynamic police departments in the country.
Feature Story for Alive Magazine, June 2014.
Despite what the news may say, violent crime in St. Louis is down. And the city on the whole is a safe place when compared to similar municipalities. At the center of the sea change in policing is Sam Dotson - an enigma of a man for his leadership position. And an authentic lover of everything St. Louis.
To get this story required a few months of trust-building and research to find the compelling angle for St. Louis readers.
One of St. Louis' most beloved Thai experiences, The King & I, recently went through an updated menu and revamped their interior. But what remains constant is their scrappy entrepreneurship and, of course, authentic food.
This story was a mixture of reporting of multiple sources and real-life experience.
Jarred Gastreich, an accomplished photojournalist, and I captured New Year’s Eve 2014 some 1,000 miles from Times Square, Miley Cyrus, Ryan Seacrest and dropping of balls. We traveled to six locations and conducted over 30 interviews in seven hours around St. Louis. We were searching for what New Year’s Eve means to the humans in this scrappy Midwestern city.
The coordination of interviews occured through social media and our collective networks. I also handled the writing and creative direction.