I am a Teaching Assistant Professor of journalism at Lehigh University and freelance multimedia journalist based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. I am a feminist, Southern storyteller and reporter that doggedly looks at the world with a critical eye.
Although news reporting is my first love, I also enjoy writing editorials, opinion pieces and first-person essays, a craft I’ve honed after years of reporting almost every beat, across media. Early in my career I was the only woman/only person under 40 on an editorial board and it taught me how to thoughtfully be heard.
I am reluctantly resilient. I am a survivor of postpartum depression and a maternal mortality near miss, as well as a direct hit from a tornado. I have lost loved ones to gun violence. Since childhood I have lived with Type 1 diabetes. As a single mom, I raised an autistic child. These experiences have made me an empathetic reporter, a stronger person and someone who doesn’t waste time.
Women of a Certain Rage, my blog on Medium and my newsletter were both awarded first place in each respective category in 2023 by the National Federation of Press Women.
I believe in the nuances of stories; the gray area between the shouting sides that so often get attention. To explore those gray areas in my own profession, I completed a one-year 10,000 mile journey to chronicle journalism in America, which earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Federation of Press Women, among others.
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