I’m a fundamental optimist about the future of news and currently am a staff writer at Nieman Journalism Lab. I focus on local news innovation, reader relationships (and revenue), automation in storytelling, and other digital media experiments. I came to Nieman as a Google News Lab Fellow.
My care and concern for journalism grew from covering all ends of local news in the newsrooms of the Dallas Morning News, KNBC in Los Angeles, the Hartford Courant, and the basement office of the Chicago Maroon, the student newspaper at the University of Chicago. I also worked for Snapchat at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
I grew up among the South Side Irish of Chicago and have a BA in public policy from the University of Chicago. On the side, I write a newsletter guide on making friends in adulthood and am working on a final iteration of The 140 Days, a project where I met and asked Americans across the country for their best advice. You can also see what I’m up to on LinkedIn and Twitter.