Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Winkler-Schmit moved to New Orleans in 1994, and served as children's services coordinator for the New Orleans Public Library. During this time, he contributed articles to The Independent Weekly in Lafayette, City Life Magazine, Gambit Weekly and The Times-Picayune. Following the storm, Winkler-Schmit became a fulltime freelance writer.
"My family and I are in it for the long haul when it comes to New Orleans. For me, there couldn't be a better job than reporting on the rebuilding of my hometown," he says.