I tell true stories to inspire change.
I am an investigative journalist with expertise in public records reporting, data analysis and narrative storytelling. I am currently a fellow at the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the University of Maryland, where I am pursuing a master’s degree.
In addition to my graduate studies, since March 2020 I have been covering COVID-19’s impact on K-12 classrooms nationwide for KQED MindShift. My work takes a solutions-oriented look at how kids learn and addresses undercovered topics, such as child grief and teacher stress.
I previously worked for LNP/LancasterOnline in Pennsylvania, where I took a data-driven approach to the education beat and made extensive use of public records law to hold government officials accountable. In 2016, was part of a two-person reporting team that uncovered financial mismanagement and persistent Sunshine Act violations in the county’s wealthiest school district. Our year-long investigation prompted hundreds of taxpayers to attend public meetings and demand changes to school district operations. It also led to the restoration of art and music classes for elementary school students.
LNP is my hometown newspaper, but my journalism career started farther afield. After earning a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from American University, I spent two years in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia, where I reported on civil resistance movements and taught digital storytelling. I have fled tear gas, interviewed victims of torture and helped teenagers use cameras for the first time. I bring the same sensitivity that was required in those situations to all of my work.
When I’m not working as a journalist, I write children’s books about women in sports and science. I am represented by agent Jordan Hamessley at New Leaf Literary.