Aug. 2019 - present
Graduate Fellow | Investigative Reporting Workshop, Washington, D.C.
"At the core of investigative journalism is exactly the same thing that drives a page-turning thriller: telling a great story." – Hank Phillippi Ryan
At the Investigative Reporting Workshop, I am working to grow the skill of people-first reporting, holding power to account by demonstrating its affect on real characters. I also manage a portion of the nonprofit newsroom's social media and regularly update standing immigration features on the website.
Aug. 2019 - present
Practicum Student | The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.
I work alongside Pulitzer Prize finalist investigative reporter Jenn Abelson at The Washingon Post on a long-term investigation. My work currently consists of data entry and analysis as well as regular communication with a nationwide set of sources.
Jan. 2018 - July 2019
City Government Reporter | Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.
Journalism, in essence, is still a form of storytelling, and reporting on how the collective, or government, affects daily lives should illustrate their stories in detail. Municipal governments in particular, are where services are delivered at the most personal level, and in Owensboro, Kentucky (pop. 70,000), I detail those stories every day.
Jan. 2017 - Dec. 2017
County Government Reporter | Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.
Employing a keen eye for detail, I monitored government and policy for Daviess County, Kentucky, (pop. 100,000). My coverage helped readers make informed decisions about public officials and gave them an accurate picture of how their tax dollars are spent.
May 2016 - Jan. 2017
Health Reporter | Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.
In a community coming to bitter terms with prolonged public health concerns, I explored the lives of patients alongside the men and women who cared for them, an evolving insurance future and one of the state's largest health systems.
June 2015 - May 2016
Editor | McLean County News, Calhoun, Ky.
I managed a weekly community newspaper situated in the heart of western Kentucky coal country. My responsibilities ranged from reporting, photographing and editing impactful people-oriented stories to representing the paper at meetings and events.
Oct. 2013 - June 2015
Reporter/Staff Photographer | Murray Ledger & Times, Murray Ky.
In addition to education, business and special sections, my beats included breaking news and enterprise stories. I developed and followed news stories from the ground up, providing art for features, contributing to and designing special sections, as well as designing and pre-flighting the daily newspaper.
May 2013 - Oct. 2013
Reporter | WKMS – News, Murray Ky.
I was responsible for following local and statewide beats at the western Kentucky National Public Radio affiliate. My radio shorts and feature stories were distributed statewide through the Kentucky Public Radio Exchange. I contributed to nationally award-winning documentaries.
April 2012 - May 2013
Editor-in-Chief | The Murray State News, Murray, Ky.
Together with a staff of desk editors, I led a student-run college newspaper operating solely on advertising. We issued a weekly newspaper and updated content daily via thenews.org and our social networking sites. I was responsible for the entirety of daily and weekly editorial content and oversaw newsroom staff.
July 2019 - present
While managing a graduate fellowship and internship, I am studying at the top-ranked American University School of Communications, seeking a degree in investigative reporting under Pulitzer Prize–winning reporters like Chuck Lewis and John Sullivan. I also serve as president of AU's School of Communication Graduate Student Council and maintain a 4.0 grade point average.
Aug. 2010 - May 2015
Murray State University
At times managing three part-time jobs on top of a full-time class schedule, I studied journalism, political science, photography, geosciences and public land management at Murray State. I was
elected an honorary member of the Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Society, and maintained active membership in Alpha Lambda Delta and Sigma Alpha Lambda national honors societies and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I was a Dean’s List scholar every semester in college and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Aug. 2006 - May 2010
Calloway County High School
Graduating with honors, I was a nationally competitive member of the speech, debate and student congress teams as well as drama club. In addition, I was a staff member and editor at the
Laker Review student newspaper. I was also elected to participate in the Leadership Tomorrow student development institution; the Kentucky Youth Assembly and the National Youth Assembly. I
competed two years in track and cross-country, and received regional recognition in both sports.