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I am an award-winning journalist, fact-checker, and copy editor based in San Francisco. I graduated in June 2017 from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a major in journalism and a minor in political science. My work is primarily focused on criminal justice.

 

Most recently, I was a writing fellow at Mother Jones magazine in San Francisco. I started at Mother Jones in December 2017 as an editorial fellow and was promoted in December 2018 to writing fellow. From September 2016 to June 2017 I was an intern at Injustice Watch, a Chicago-based nonprofit investigative news organization. In fall 2016, I was also Web and Multimedia Editor at The Daily Northwestern, NU and Evanston's only daily newspaper. 

 

In summer 2016 I interned at The Philadelphia Inquirer on the city desk. That spring I worked in Johannesburg at The Star, one of South Africa's biggest daily newspapers, for my journalism residency. In winter and fall 2015 I was In Focus Editor at The Daily, and I also worked with The Medill Justice Project, an investigative journalism enterprise that examines potentially wrongful convictions. 

 

In summer 2015 I interned at The Chicago Reporter, a nonprofit investigative news organization focused on issues of race and poverty.

 

I worked for The Daily for more than three years and held positions including Managing Editor and Campus Editor. I have also worked for Telluride Magazine in Telluride, Colorado and The Grand Island Independent in Grand Island, Nebraska.

I have won awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, College Media Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Chicago Headline Club and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. My work has been cited by publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post and New York Magazine and published in The Nation and Truthout. I am a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Student Press Law Center. Feel free to check out my portfolio and contact me if you have any questions.