My experience with journalism has been like a game of Twister — one foot in print, one in social media, one hand reaching for broadcast television, and most recently the other hand delving into digital journalism musings at the Nieman Lab.
A Chicago native, I grew up reading the comics of the city’s main newspapers and reported for/edited the student newspaper at the University of Chicago, the Chicago Maroon, while studying public policy. After internships at the Dallas Morning News, Snapchat in Cleveland, and KNBC in Los Angeles, I wrapped up my college career by focusing my thesis on the prospects of a nationwide fellowship for journalists in the style of Teach for America. (Thesis is finished, but the idea is still in progress!) I’m currently the 2017 Google News Lab Fellow at the Nieman Journalism Lab, an initiative of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, where I get to interview cool people doing cool things across the digital journalism world. I’m also working on a front end development certification from the Free Code Camp, anticipated by the end of 2017.
If you mapped me via dotted lines a la the Family Circus over the past year or so, you’d find me driving across the country between internships, rowing in the Chicago River with the crew team, and winning at Twister.
My resume is available here and you can also see what I’m up to on LinkedIn and Twitter. I’m a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Online News Association. I’d love to chat with you about the future of news, Chicago or Dallas or Los Angeles politics (and/or food), and what story you think is untold.
(P.S. To get a sense of my background, here’s a piece I wrote just before the presidential election in Chicago: Life, and a Death, in Mount Greenwood. It was a finalist for a Peter Lisagor Award for best in-depth reporting in a community newspaper.)