I combine good old-fashioned digging with newfangled digital media.
Right now, I work mostly with photos and social media, but I produce and edit video when the right story arises. In my free time, I'm taking the LC101 class at LaunchCode, where I'll learn all the tools necessary to build web apps and data visuals that can contribute to my online reporting.
My favorite reporting is collaborative and interactive—the curated packages built with a team and developed specifically to help St. Louisans find the news they need. Recent projects I've helped develop include St. Louis Magazine's 2017 mayoral election guide and the accompanying social media and breaking news coverage, as well as our breaking and enterprise coverage of the Jason Stockley verdict. Some of this work is ephemeral: Facebook Live, Twitter Periscopes, and livetweeting supplement stories and web apps.
In my minimal spare time, I build websites and write stories as a freelancer.Download Printable Resume
Write and edit to
Data processing and
(behind the camera)
#latergram reporting on
Live video to supplement
photo and text Tweets
Requesting documents from local government
Produce photo and video
for breaking and enterprise
On the fly multimedia production for social
Production for quick glimpses and edited shorts
Image resizing and ethical color and brightness correction
Sound editing for radio spots and short video
Using recorders and mics for interview and ambient
User-focused design for effective communication
Use framework for responsive development
Data processing and back-end for web apps
Manage content on
Maximize headlines and deks for reach
Use programming tools for interactive web visualizations
At St. Louis Magazine, I wear many hats. I spend about a week and a half in the average month "editorial assistant"-ing (i.e. copyediting print publications and organizing layout rounds). The rest of the time, I am a digital reporter and editor. Using digital storytelling—sometimes as simple as a borrowed photo, others working collaboratively to create interative, audience-oriented news for local readers—I report news, health, home, arts, and dining stories. Wrapping up these stories, I act as a digital media specialist, determining the best way to reach audiences on social media. As an editor, I hire freelancers, develop and assign online content for the Health and Homes blogs, manage budgets, and oversee interns.
Although I've been writing as a "free agent" for years, my first real freelance gig involved driving to rural Missouri to attend a bond hearing for a paper in Florida that had not looked into or secured me correct press credentials. It was a blast. And after that, I was hooked. Since, I've reported on shady landlords, real life cyborgs, premiere tattoo artists, visiting celebrities, Japanese conventions, and the mundane happenings of day-to-day life. My freelancing has taken me from St. Louis to Silicon Valley, Detroit, and southwestern Illinois. I've also done some freelance videography, web development, and video production lessons along the way.
I've been an intern with many titles (news, digital, editorial, web & communications, and editorial again). Their common theme? At each internship, I focused on picking up a new skill: first audio, then video, then public records, then web development, returning continually to improve the methods I'd already learned. I made sure to never stop growing as a reporter and build skills that help me create news that audiences can engage with and understand.
Admittedly, I spent more time reporting out of the classroom than in. I did complete an entire major's-worth of writing and journalism classes while working at the student paper, acting as editor-in-chief for a health magazine, and developing a two-year longform literary journalism project. I covered speakers, doctors, environmental crises, and more cyborgs, developing my multimedia skills in classes at the same time.
I began a LaunchCode class this summer to improve my data visualization and digital reporting skills. Although right now I can build data visualizations in Excel, they're not interactive (or particularly aesthetic). I want to be able to create charts, graphs, maps, and images that audiences can interact with to really see and understand stories for themselves. By the end of this class in December, I'll have the tools to build web apps and create interactive data projects in libraries such as D3.js.
My degree is technically in Medical Humanities, with minors in Classics and Writing. If WUSTL had writing or journalism majors, I had enough credits to declare one; however, they only offer writing minors. As a Medical Humanities major, I conducted sociohistorical research on health, biology, and bodies from a textual (rather than scientific) perspective. Think history of science, but people-oriented. My capstone project focused on St. Louis city's brief and odd foray into legal prostitution in the 19th-century, and how there's some evidence that city officials may have tried to corral brothels in majority black neighborhoods. I can also read Latin at the graduate level, which I'm told gives me a better understanding of language and poetry.
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