Mike Chalmers started his career as editor of the student newspapers in high school (in Meadville, Pa.) and college (Gannon University in Erie, Pa.). He worked two summer internships at the Erie Daily News and took his first full-time reporting job at the Altoona Mirror in 1990. After five years there, Chalmers spent five years at the Observer-Dispatch in Utica, N.Y., and came to The News Journal in Delaware in 2000. He reports on a wide variety of topics (demographics, criminal justice, transportation, social services, etc.). He also specializes in what used to be known as "computer-assisted" reporting, using spreadsheets, databases and mapping to find and report stories that might otherwise be overlooked. In September 2007, he began teaching part-time at Lincoln University to share his enthusiasm for journalism.