As a research-driven reporter, I am motivated to create in-depth stories that engage readers.
I believe smart, persistent reporting is key to keeping readers informed. As a dogged journalist, I will dig through data and ask the hard questions to get to the bottom of a story.
I also enjoy working with new tools to provide live, multimedia coverage of ongoing events. I will always have a camera on hand, and often quickly compile videos while simultaneously writing a piece for print.
One of the most rewarding stories I’ve written to date followed a medical helicopter crash in 2015, that resulted in the death of a pilot and seriously injured two flight nurses. Not only did I break news of the crash, but I also contributed video coverage and feature stories about the ensuing memorial for the victims. My coverage of the incident was awarded first place for Best Online Breaking News from the Colorado Press Association’s Class 7 contest.
As a business reporter for the Summit Daily News, I create a weekly business section including research-heavy features and local profiles. My work has also taken me to the courthouse, with stories on fraud investigations, multiple embezzlement cases and growing narcotic abuse.
I earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and French from the University of Kansas in 2014. Throughout my studies, I interned with the Kansas City Business Journal, the Kansas City Star and wrote for a Kansas Statehouse wire service.
For a feature spread with The Kansas City Business Journal, I compiled my own set of data and analyzed it before interviewing Kansas Governor Sam Brownback about the effects of tax cuts under his administration. I worked daily to turn around well-researched articles about insurance policies, taxation, startups and local business owners.
When I interned for The Kansas City Star, I created several video editorials to accompany my columns. My favorite video revealed the effects of constructing a highway through wetlands previously owned by Haskell Indian Nations University.
In my hometown of Colorado Springs, I spent my first internship with The Gazette writing about the aftermath of the Waldo Canyon Fire, which destroyed 346 homes, displacing thousands of residents. I will not hesitate to jump straight into a breaking story and drive straight for the smoke.
As a Coloradoan, I enjoy spending my spare time outdoors, whether that involves strapping on a pair of hiking boots or a pair of skis. I’m always looking for new books to read, and welcome suggestions.
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
- War Dances by Sherman Alexie