Leonard Sparks

Leonard Sparks, 43, earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in May. His experience includes four years as a copy editor and then reporter for the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper. His journeys have taken him to Iraq, where he learned the intricacies of boarding a Blackhawk helicopter while wearing body armor. He also witnessed a somewhat well-received speech by a junior senator from Illinois while covering the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Away from the computer, he enjoys road trips, doing second-rate home repairs for his girlfriend and being an all-around anachronism. He can be reached at spelov1@aol.com