I’m a journalist with a passion for narrative investigative reporting. I hail from the cornfields of Illinois, where I grew up just outside of Chicago.
I’m a business and general assignment reporter at the Anchorage Daily News (formerly Alaska Dispatch News). I’ve also worked as a reporter for the Orange County Register, the defunct Los Angeles Register, and the Puget Sound Business Journal.
My reporting has taken me inside a slaughterhouse in the Midwest, public housing projects in New York City, tent cities at Occupy Portland, onto the beaches of Southern California, and to doorsteps where I was not wanted, to name a few places.
I’ve investigated international development contractors, environmental regulations for pharmaceutical plants, shady for-profit colleges, and segregation in a California school district. I was also a researcher for the award-winning, data-driven Maytag Project, which used a unique approach to community engagement journalism to answer the question of what happened to an Illinois town after its Maytag factory moved to Mexico.
I have a master’s degree from the Columbia Journalism School, where I was a fellow in the selective Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism. I’m happiest when I’m working on investigative stories with a social justice focus, especially on labor, housing, the environment, immigration, education, and health.