When I was growing up, I experienced food insecurity, poverty, unstable housing, domestic violence, divorce and other adverse childhood experiences (known as ACEs). That experience has made me an empathic storyteller and ally to marginalized people.
I'm enthusiastic about uplifting others the way that I, despite the circumstances, have continued to be uplifted.
I'm currently writing the Civic Solutions column for The Coachella Valley Independent and stories of public interest for The Palm Springs Post. You can read my past work in USA Today, SFGate, The Desert Sun, The Groundtruth Project, The Napa Valley Register and The Daily News.
USC Annenberg Health Journalism California Fellow, 2022
The Gerontological Society of America & the Journalists Network on Generations Journalist in Aging Fellow, 2021
The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center & Columbia Journalism School Age Boom Academy Fellow, 2021
U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow: Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, 2018
Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Fellow, June 2019
California News Publishers Association
Coverage of Local Government - 1st Place, 2021
Feature Story - 1st Place, 2021
Coverage of the Covid-19 Pandemic (Profiles) - 2nd Place, 2021
Profile Story - 2nd Place, 2019
Best Column - 1st Place, 2018
Best Writing - 1st Place, 2018
Breaking News - 1st Place, 2017
Report for America Local News Awards
Community Leadership Writing - 1st Place, 2022
Dispatch of the Year - 2nd Place, 2021
North Carolina Press Association
Education Reporting - 3rd Place, 2016
2020 - 2022
Senior Issues Reporter
The Desert Sun
Palm Springs, Calif.
2015 - 2018
Public Safety Reporter
The Napa Valley Register
2013 - 2015
Reporter & Photographer
The Daily News
Master's in Journalism
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
Bachelor of Arts & Sciences
New Brunswick, N.J.