Clip 1: Hurricane Michael: Salisbury residents leave homes after heavy rains fall — published with Delmarva Now on Oct. 18, 2018
Hurricanes often miss the Delmarva peninsula, but the region is rarely spared the rains associated with the storms. When rain from Hurricane Michael came through Salisbury, it dumped an unexpected seven inches on the city and forced residents out of their home. Teaming up with fellow reporter Sarah Gamard, we talked to those involved about what happened, why and what’s at stake as a result.
Clip 2: Woman Shares Story Of Friendship With Mister Rogers — published with The Hartford Courant on June 17, 2018
This is a story that brings people a lot of joy. As the new documentary on Mister Rogers comes out, a Connecticut woman shared with me the story of her brain surgery and how he helped her work through it. Fred Rogers brought a lot of happiness to a lot of people, but this woman had a friendship with Rogers unlike any other. This story is one of my favorite things I’ve ever written, and it ran on the front page of the Sunday print edition of the Courant on June 17, 2018.
Clip 3: The Student Senate president gets a full-tuition scholarship — published with The Post on March 31, 2018
I learned the basic facts of this story — the Student Senate president gets a scholarship most people don’t know about — from a database I requested from the university. Beyond that, it took a lot of pushing government officials (and building a new database) to really put the story together. The thorough reporting I did helped this story stand attempts from officials to ‘correct’ it unscathed.
Clip 4: 45: 365 Days Later — published with The Post on Nov. 8, 2017
Athens residents and Ohio University students largely didn’t vote for Donald Trump, but they, like all the United States, still had to work through what his election meant one year later. This story, while nowhere near comprehensive, takes a look at many elements of life affected by the Trump presidency — education at both the local and university level, sanctuary cities, many social issues and more. It led the website on the day it ran because it localized many national issues and provided context that was often missing from other local reporting.
Clip 5: Boys' Club — published with The New Political on April 29, 2016
This was one of those stories that occupies your entire mind, but the end result made the months of research, record requests and writing (and re-writing) worth it. When it came to light that student groups focused on sports journalism had systematically discriminated against women, I got to work interviewing and putting together a story from the very limited records released to me by the university. Talking with other women in journalism schools and in the profession, I learned the extent of such a problem. This story is result of months’ of interviews, records requests, fact-checking and the deeply investigative journalism I love and appreciate now more than ever. It was later recognized by the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism for the Lasher-Evarts Quality of Writing Scholarship. The emails that were supposed to be embedded in the story appear there no longer, but you can find them here.
The Rhythm of Phoenix — When you accept an internship through Dow Jones News Fund, you agree to participate in a residency program. For me, residency entailed 10 days in Phoenix, learning as much as possible about multimedia and voraciously studying jazz music in the city. With the help of 10 other interns, I created several podcasts, took photos and video, recorded and edited podcasts, created interactive infographics and wrote a feature on the next generation of jazz musicians in only two days. It was a collaborative effort, one I'm able to look back upon fondly.