Karl Smith is a guest writer for, and a longtime fan of, Dirtfork. Born in the Cleveland suburbs but calling Philadelphia his adopted home for nearly three decades, he earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism at Bowling Green State University and an MBA at Eastern University. His career includes interviewing folks like Michael Jordan and former congressmen Jim Greenwood and Mike Fitzpatrick, building a digital business for a local media company and serving as a senior leader for a global trade association. When he’s not writing about the Naval Academy or hustling to complete his Madden franchise (Year 27!) with his son, he works in digital media, content and marketing.