I’m a journalist, currently working as 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, 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 the economy and how the nature of work in America is changing.
I hail from the cornfields of Illinois, where I grew up just outside of Chicago. I love the 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.