I'm an investigative reporter with a bent for data analysis who's always hunting for good stories.
INEWSOURCE, INVESTIGATIVE DATA REPORTER
San Diego, California; Feb. 2018 - Present
I report, write and analyze data, with a special eye on local and state politics in 2018. I help maintain the inewsource data center. I partner with KPBS radio to publish radio packages with each of my stories, and I produce television packages for local stations like CBS 8 and KPBS television. Leading up to the primary and general elections in 2018, I have had a weekly “follow the money” radio segment on KPBS Midday Edition.
the Desert sun, data/investigations editor
Palm Springs, California; Sept. 2016 - Feb. 2018
I oversaw investigations in the newsroom and managed a team of enterprise reporters who produce long-term projects every few months. These reporters covered immigration, criminal justice, the environment, education and real estate. I was the lead writer and the data analyst for a project on California's criminal justice reform efforts. I conducted data analysis for time-intensive newsroom projects and created the Desert Sun's Github account. I was a leader in data analysis for many USA TODAY Network investigations, and I traveled to other newsrooms in the network to teach reporters about data analysis and public records. I conducted data analysis, writing and editing for The Wall: Untold Stories, Unintended Consequences. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2018, among other awards.
Salt lake tribune, dow jones data fellow
Salt Lake City, Utah; May 2016 - Aug. 2016
I analyzed data and reported and wrote stories based on my discoveries. I produced multiple front-page articles and multimedia investigative projects, including pieces on the highest-paid employees in the city and the dearth of resources for Native American education. Prior to starting at the Tribune, I received intensive data training in Columbia, Missouri from individuals at Investigative Reporters and Editors. I was in the first class of Dow Jones News Fund data journalism fellows.
Philadelphia inquirer, city desk reporter
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Jan. 2016 - May 2016
I wrote and reported 16 hours per week for the City Desk as an intern, covering breaking news and features. I live-tweeted for the Inquirer twitter account during breaking news events. I produced four front-page stories. I collaborated with the investigative team on their coverage of the PA attorney general and wrote a deep dive connecting the many lawsuits filed against her.
Forbes, education writer
Jersey City, New Jersey; May - Sept. 2015
I reported and wrote on higher education, specifically the amenities and services that universities do and don't supply for students. This included a feature on the how much universities are paying because of sexual assault. I helped the College Rankings desk compile Forbes' 2015 college rankings list. I produced slideshows and graphics for the list and my articles. I also fact-checked and collected data for other projects going into Forbes Magazine.
New york daily news, queens bureau reporter
New York, New York; June 2014 - July 2014
I wrote articles daily, primarily for the Queens section of the paper, as a summer intern. This included a piece revealing severe mistreatment of women in a homeless shelter that led to investigations by city organizations and politicians. I covered breaking news for the city desk on Sundays. I also reported from the Queens courthouse for major arraignments, trials and sentences.
The Daily Pennsylvanian, Editor-In-Chief
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Sept. 2012 - Jan. 2016
Editor-in-Chief. In my most prominent role at the University of Pennsylvania's college media company, I was Editor-in-Chief for a year. I oversaw the daily production of the newspaper and website, and worked on long-term editorial projects for the publication. I coordinated among the visuals departments (Photo, Video, Design) and the News and Sports departments. I also coordinated with leaders of the DP blog Under the Button and the DP's 34th Street Magazine to work on better cross-promotion and editorial projects. I lead training sessions for news reporters and consulted with them on article ideas. Finally, I helped direct the DP's long-term online strategy, financial sustainability and revenue models with the Board of Directors, which includes professional journalists who are Penn alumni. During this time, I wrote a feature for the magazine on cocaine use on campus.
Graphics Producer. After finishing up the term of Editor-in-Chief my senior fall, I spent my senior spring working on the graphics team, creating static and interactive graphics using Adobe Illustrator and online programs. I oversaw the production of the most extensive online project in the history of the publication: an analysis of student course evaluations, which involved building a website, producing interactive graphics and writing feature-length articles. The site jumped to 7,000 views in under a day.
Investigative Reporter. In a prior role at The Daily Pennsylvanian, I reported and wrote long form investigative and feature stories for the publication, focusing on mental health and financial aid. I was also the Deputy Assignments Editor during that time.
Crime and Legal Affairs Reporter. I wrote three to five stories per week pertaining to crime, public safety and lawsuits by and against the university, including an investigative piece on the university museum showcasing stolen Native American artifacts and another on a taxi driver's police brutality lawsuit against the campus police. I compiled, maintained, and published data spreadsheets pertaining to crimes in the Penn Police patrol zone. I had weekly meetings with the head of the campus police force.
Philadelphia weekly, general assignments intern
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Sept. 2014 - Dec. 2014
I fact checked, transcribed interviews and wrote short excerpts for the magazine. I entered upcoming events information into online calendar system for the website. I worked closely with the Managing Editor.