Journalism of the future
Investigative journalism, contrary to what some people might say, is still in its prime form. More media outlets than ever are digging into wrongdoings and sharing their findings with huge audiences on the web they could never before reach. But the new wave of investigative journalists has to be savvier than the last, because our growingly skeptical readers and viewers are always on the lookout for bias. Journalists have to be rigorous in their methodology, relying on hard facts, numbers, and unbiased reporting to build trust.
I've positioned myself as a part of this new generation of journalists. I was trained as a social scientist in college, learning how to take complex subjects and measure real-world impact in my criminology and psychology majors at the University of Pennsylvania. I studied data analysis as a part of the first-ever wave of Dow Jones data journalism fellows, learning from the best in the world at the headquarters of the nonprofit Investigative Reporters and Editors. I was a data analyst for the USA TODAY Network, bringing hard numbers into national investigative projects and training newsrooms around the country in public records and data analysis. Now, I use my data and investigative skills in San Diego, following the money in politics on the web, radio and television.
I’m proud to be on the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2017 for a massive project on the U.S.-Mexico border wall. I'm passionate about having an impact, and I'm always looking for a story to tell.