Steve Garbacz was raised in St. John, Ind., and graduated from Lake Central High School in 2004.

He majored in creative writing at Purdue University, graduating in 2008. During his time at Purdue, he joined the staff of the Purdue Exponent and served as an assistant campus editor in 2007.

Steve joined the staff of The Commercial Review in May 2008 as the county government reporter. Since May 2010 he has written the weekly Garbacz Dump column appearing on the family page on Thursdays.

Steve has received five awards from the Hoosier State Press Association while at The Commercial Review, including first place awards in 2011 for Best Deadline News Coverage and Best Profile Feature.

When not at work, Steve volunteers as a coach and referee for the Boomer Basketball program through the local community center and in his free time enjoys playing basketball, video gaming, creative writing and cooking. He and his wife Ashley live in Portland.