I am C.J. Schexnayder although around the internet I tend to use my nom du plume "kleph," a phonetic misspelling of my first name.
For most of the last decade I have worked as a freelance journalist and photographer based in Latin America. My work has appeared in major newspapers, national magazines and various other periodicals across the world.
Currently I am living in Chandler, Arizona working on a book about the history of the Alabama Crimson Tide football program.
Like most things that seem obvious in one's life, all of this came about quite by accident. I had every intention to follow up my degree in Philosophy with a career in academia but stumbled into journalism by accident and never looked back.
After almost ten years as a newspaper reporter, I decided to take a different tack to my career. A chance invitation to spend a few months in Peru turned out to be the beginning of a long sojurn in South America working as a freelance journalist. Along the way I became a photographer by necessity.
I started this website as a simple blog to keep my family updated on my whereabouts but it has since grown to become a storehouse for examples of my professional work as well as a place to post the interesting stories I've discovered in my travels as well.
Kleph.com has also become a repository for items that cover the range of my eclectic interests; cinema, literature, cooking, photography, journalism, running and Crimson Tide football.
So feel free to take a moment to browse through my efforts and, if you would like, drop me a line and let me know what you think.