About

headshotI’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, the Arctic, 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. Lately, I’m most interested in stories about how the nature of work in America is changing.

Love redwoods, Gonzo journalism, music, Spanish, travel, and my deaf cat. Neil Young fangirl. Raised on the records of the 60s and 70s but have since branched out.

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