I am a graduate student at UC Berkeley, studying journalism and public health. Prior to returning to school, I worked as a multimedia journalist for the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., covering K-12 and higher education. My work has been published by the New York Times, CalMatters, USA TODAY, NBCNews.com, The Arizona Republic, the Center for Public Integrity and other outlets.
As an undergraduate, I graduated summa cum laude with a BA in journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in May 2015 and also earned a bachelor’s degree in Earth and environmental studies from ASU in the same year. Go Devils!
In 2016, I traveled across California with a team of eight other journalists and photojournalists for a project investigating the impact of Proposition 47 on California’s prison population, crime rates and rehabilitation resources. The series won second place in the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s investigative reporting category in 2017. I also received a national and regional Edward R. Murrow award for my work editing, producing and directing a 20-minute documentary that accompanied the Prop 47 series.
My education reporting received a first place award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association in 2016 and 2017 and received a John Swett Award For Media Excellence from the California Teachers Association two years in a row.
In the short years that I have spent as a journalist – four as a student, two and a half as a working professional, and soon to be three years as a graduate student – I have come to treasure the stories shared with me by people across the country. I have covered gun rights in America, lead paint poisoning among Oakland children, Pacific Islander maternal health disparities, the impact of parent deportation on their children’s education, and more. Each story is a small window into the lives of those whom I would otherwise never have the privilege to meet. Being a journalist has made me a more open and compassionate person, and I am grateful for the experience. The courage others demonstrate by sharing their stories is something I strive every day to emulate by telling their story in a way that is fair, accurate and dignified.