ProPublica (June 2017 - Present)
Covering the Trump administration with an emphasis on voting and civil rights.
Senior Reporting Fellow
ProPublica (September 2016 - Present)
Covering ballot access during the 2016 election, mental health and child welfare.
Health Care Reporting Fellow
ProPublica (June 2016 - September 2016)
I cover health care under the guidance of Charles Ornstein.
(Dec. 2011 - Present)
I cover government, finance and education for various print and digital publications. My work has appeared in such publications as ProPublica, The Atlantic, The Dallas Morning News, The Hechinger Report, WNYC SchoolBook and ChalkBeat New York among others.
Investigative Education Reporter
The Teacher Project (June 2015 - June 2016)
I covered the money and politics of education for The Teacher Project at Columbia Journalism School, which covers America's next generation of teachers. Stories publish mostly on Slate.
High School Teacher (August 2012 - June 2014)
I taught ninth grade world history and coached the competitive debate team at Uncommon School's Newark high school. While there, I participated in at least three hours of professional development weekly, and became proficient at curriculum development and classroom management. I also worked as a writing assistant for Paul Bambrick-Santoyo on the book "Great Habits, Great Readers: A Practical Guide for K-4 Reading in the Light of Common Core."
Writer (February 2013 – December 2013)
I was offered a paid freelance position in February 2013 at PolicyMic after working as a contributing politics writer for five moths. I wrote a once-per-week column for the politics section.
Real Estate Reporter/Video Reporter (June 2012 – August 2012)
I reported for the print, online and video departments of the magazine as the only reporter covering the national real estate beat.
Blogger/Video Reporter (February 2012 – May 2012)
I ran the ReWired blog, giving inside perspective on the U.S. housing economy and a bit of humor in an otherwise dry market.
The Texas Lawbook
Staff writer (November 2011 – January 2012)
While a staff writer, I covered business law for lawyers in Texas including mergers and acquisitions; labor and employment; oil and energy; and pharmaceuticals.
The Dallas Business Journal
Editorial Intern and Research Assistant (July 2011 – November 2011)
As an editorial intern, I was in charge of the “Leads” section of the publication, which included hirings, bankruptcies, lawsuits filed against Dallas-area businesses and awards and recognition. I also wrote feature stories about local businesses weekly, interviewed interesting businesspeople in Dallas for a Q&A section and wrote blogs about the Dallas-area business scene. As the research assistant, I helped the research department compile a database of outside sources for use by the editorial department and facilitated hundreds of surveys sent to Dallas businesses for the publication’s “Book of Lists.”
Web News Intern (May 2011 – June 2011)
While working for the web-team at CBS DFW, I wrote original online news content after pitching my own stories. Additionally, I helped facilitate the creation of web videos, picture galleries and interactive graphics and assisted the broadcast team in making their pieces more web friendly by rewriting broadcast stories for the web and assisting in search engine optimization.
Dallas Morning News
Breaking News Intern (January 2011 – May 2011)
Working for the breaking news team was a defining part of my training as a journalist. I worked the early shift covering predominately crime and police news, and turned stories around within minutes to be published on the website. Additionally, I pitched my own feature stories, one of which made the metro section cover, and three of which were the top viewed of the day on the website.
The Daily Campus
Various Roles including Editor-in-Chief (June 2009 – December 2011)
While I served as editor, I facilitated a redesign of the website, redid layout and format of the print edition and changed the publication schedule of the paper, which resulted in the most widely-read paper in the publication’s 100-year history. While working for The Daily Campus, I also organized a live mayoral debate in partnership with CBS DFW andinterviewed George W. Bush over his actions to combat AIDS in Africa.
Debate Coach (May 2009 – November 2011)
As a debate coach at Debate Central I worked with inner city and rural schools to start debate programs and educate students on effective debate techniques. Each summer, I helped organize Four Star Debate – a debate and leadership camp hosted by General Tommy Franks. Through this program, I have instructed high school students on healthcare, social security, the flat tax, and the prevention of genocide. In the summer of 2010, I traveled to the King’s School in Amman, Jordan to teach debate and the political impact of the Middle Eastern Peace Process.
Computer skills: Adobe CS5 (InDesign, PhotoShop, Illustrator); social networking (Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google Plus); basic website design (HTML, CSS, Flash); content management (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, TextPattern); FinalCut Pro; Soundslides; Garage Band; Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
Languages: Conversational Spanish
Organized, professional, hard-working
Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship (awarded to the top four graduates of Columbia Journalism School). Toni Stabile Fellowship in Investigative Journalism, Belo Scholarship for Journalism (received twice), Huffington Milwee Scholarship (received twice), Fort Worth Society of Professional Journalists Lina Davis Scholarship, Bauer Scholar, Zonta Women in Public Policy Regional Award, Zonta Women in Public Policy International Award, YMCA Youth Volunteer of the Year.
Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (August 2014 – May 2015)
Masters of Science in Journalism. Valedictorian. Toni Stabile Fellow in Investigative Journalism, Elaine Exton ('33) Scholarship in Advanced Education Reporting.
Southern Methodist University (August 2009 – December 2011)
Majors: Journalism and Political Science
University of Texas at Dallas (August 2008-May 2009)
Majors: Political Science and Dance Performance