I host and produce public radio shows with Jefferson Public Radio, an NPR member station on the Oregon-California border. I host our local Morning Edition, which means I pick out the day's regional news (or write some myself) and broadcast it across several stations in Northern California and Southern Oregon. I also produce segments for the Jefferson Exchange, a daily call-in program focused on current events in our region.
I have been a print reporter for local papers in rural Oregon and Idaho. As a reporter I told data-driven stories about poverty, housing, public health, government and the environment. I dug into investigative pieces that held politicians accountable, visualized large sets of data, and covered diverse perspectives of complex topics.
I have studied the energy industry with the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources during a two-week bus tour. I also trained with ProPublica's 2017 Data Institute, where I studied data analysis, compilation, coding and design. I have them to thank for helping me design and code this website.
Many years ago I won an award at the LA Times Student Journalism Awards for feature writing when I was a teen reporter. They don't have that ceremony any more, but I will never forget it. That's when I knew what I would be doing, always.
b. 1988: Westminster, CA, then moved all over SoCal
2010: graduated from Cal-State Fullerton with a bachelors in English, and features editor/columnist of the campus paper
2010: moved to Portland, OR
2012-14: AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in St. Helens, OR, and Portland, OR, with a focus on housing
2014-16: reporter in Ontario, OR and Payette, ID
2016-17: reporter in Roseburg, OR
2017-pr: public radio host/producer in Ashland, OR
championship belts: SPJ NW, investigative reporting, 1st; Idaho Press Club, light feature, 1st; LA Times Student Journalism, entertainment, 2nd