I'm a reporter with Jefferson Public Radio, the NPR station on the Oregon-California border. I cover housing and homelessness, wildfires, cannabis, and just about everything else impacting this largely rural region. Some of my major reporting projects include a series exploring how wildfires disproportionately impact historically marginalized people, a financial connection between the media conglomerate Sinclair and our local newspaper, and an investigation that protected community college students from living in a former National Guard armory that tested positive for high levels of toxic lead dust.
I started my path toward journalism in high school, when I joined the school newspaper and took home my first trophy at the Los Angeles Times Student Journalism Awards. I graduated from Cal-State Fullerton with a major in English while working for the campus newspaper. Since then I have worked for newspapers in rural Oregon and Idaho. My training includes traveling around the Great Lakes region with the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources; a week in New York City with ProPublica's Data Institute; and two weeks of training with the USC Annenberg School of Journalism's Center for Health Journalism fellowship.
2006-10 — Cal-State Fullerton, bachelors in English, features editor/columnist of the campus paper
2010-14 — Portland, OR
2012-14 — AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in St. Helens, OR & Portland, OR, with a focus on housing
2014-16 — Reporter in Ontario, OR & Payette, ID covering oil & gas, local gov
2016-17 — Reporter in Roseburg, OR covering housing, city gov
2017-pr — Public radio reporter/host/producer in Ashland, OR
2019 California Fellow with USC Annenberg's Center for Health Journalism
2019 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards Continuing Coverage
2016 Great Lakes Energy Fellow with the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources
2015 First Place Light Feature, Idaho Press Club
2005 Second Place Entertainment, LA Times Student Journalism Awards