Brian Leaf, a journalist since 1980, first worked at the Register Star from 1988 to 1999 and returned in 2010. In between, he built a freelance business that allowed him more flexibility while raising his son and daughter. He’s married to Mary Kaull, assistant editorial page editor. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and lived in the same dorm as Kato Kaelin, O.J. Simpson’s famous house guest. In his free time, the native Cheesehead teaches spin classes at the YMCA, sings bass in the church choir, enjoys fishing and roots for the Packers.