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EDUCATION                         Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

                                                      Bachelor of Science in Journalism

                                                      Graduated June 16, 2017

EXPERIENCE                       Mother Jones, San Francisco, Calif.               

  Writing Fellow — Dec. 2018 - May 2019

  • Pitched and wrote stories for the website

  • Copyedited all online content (about three hours of work a day) from December to March

   Editorial Fellow — Dec. 2017 - Dec. 2018

  • Fact-checked the bi-monthly print magazine, including three cover stories, as well as our online content

  • Pitched and wrote stories and sidebars for the magazine and website

  • Copyedited online content and magazine stories, with guidance from the copy editor

  • Appeared on Portland radio station XRAY.fm to talk about my story about voting in Illinois jails

            

                                                      Injustice Watch, Chicago, Ill. 

  Intern — Sept. 2016 - June 2017 

  • Researched and reported on criminal justice issues in Chicago

  • Analyzed and input data on court records and other public documents

  • Contributed research and reporting to part 1 and part 2 of our series on inequality in the Cook County bail system

  • Collaborated with City Bureau, another Chicago nonprofit, on a tracker tool of major cities' police union contracts

  • Assisted in fact-checking our Election Day guide to the Cook County judges on the ballot 

                                            

  The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pa. 

  City Intern — June 2016 - Sept. 2016 

  • Wrote general news stories about the biggest city in Pennsylvania

  • Published on the front page several times

  • Wrote three features on criminal justice and prison in Pennsylvania, one of which was featured in The Marshall Project's "Opening Statement" newsletter of the best criminal justice reporting

  The Star, Johannesburg, South Africa 

  Reporter — April 2016 - June 2016 

  The Daily Northwestern, Evanston, Ill. 

  Web and Multimedia Editor — Sept. 2016 - Dec. 2016 

  • Oversaw The Daily's website, digital projects and social media presence

  • Worked with the audio, video, photo and interactive desks to produce multimedia content

   In Focus Editor — Sept. 2015 - March 2016 

   Managing Editor — March 2015 - June 2015 

   Campus Editor — Dec. 2014 - March 2015 

  The Medill Justice Project, Evanston, Ill. 

  Journalist — Sept. 2015 - Dec. 2015 

  • Investigated potentially wrongful criminal charges with a small team of students

  • Analyzed thousands of pages of documents and traveled to Oregon to interview the accused, lawyers and experts

  • Contributed to an award-winning investigative story published online that resulted in the elimination of a potential 30-plus year sentence

  The Chicago Reporter, Chicago, Ill.

  Reporting Intern — June 2015 - Aug. 2015 

  • Wrote stories and profiles on Chicago communities focused on criminal justice, race and poverty

  • Co-wrote a feature on the cost of prison phone calls

SKILLS                                  Computer:

                                                      Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, WordPress, Chartbeat

                                                     

                                                      Programming:

                                                      HTML, CSS, jQuery

                                                      Other skills:

                                                      Social media, AP style, LexisNexis, PACER

 

AWARDS                              "Aftermath of NU-Q student's mental health crisis highlights                                                              differences between Evanston, Qatar sites" — The Daily                                                                        Northwestern

                                                      Honorable Mention, College Media Association Pinnacle Award for Best                                                                     Investigative Story

                                                            Honorable Mention, Associated Collegiate Press Feature Story of the Year 

                                                            Winner, Medill Student Showcase presented by Medill Undergraduate                                                                       Student Advisory Council

                                                    "At Graterford, lifers get degrees even if they'll never use them" —                                                      The Philadelphia Inquirer

                                                      Winner, Medill Student Showcase presented by Medill Undergraduate                                                                       Student Advisory Council

                                                    "Taking Time" — The Daily Northwestern

                                                      Fifth place, Associated Collegiate Press Multimedia Feature Story of the                                                                   Year

                                                            "A Mother's Care" — The Medill Justice Project

                                                             Peter Lisagor Award for Best Feature Series

                                                             Peter Lisagor Award for Best Non-Deadline Reporting Online

                                                             Fourth place, Associated Collegiate Press News Story of the Year

                                                             Certificate of Merit, Columbia Scholastic Press Association In-Depth

                                                               News/Feature Story for Digital Media Publications

                                                       

                                                       The Daily Northwestern — Staff

                                                       Winner, Associated Collegiate Press Newspaper Pacemaker

                                                             2016 Mark of Excellence Award, Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper