Writing is my constant.
My story with journalism starts early. Editing and reporting for my school newspaper taught me the basics of running a newsroom: interviewing, editing, designing layouts, and all that goes into producing a monthly print paper. I decided on a reporting career, but I was a long way from figuring out what kind of reporter I would become.
At the University of California, Berkeley, I unraveled an overwhelming amount of untold stories we never hear about in media. These included stories of unfathomable tragedy, everyday heroism, abject poverty, and grassroots struggles and accomplishments. My major in Peace and Conflict Studies and human rights exposed me to those underreported stories; I wanted that knowledge and social awareness to ground me as an investigative journalist.
I immersed myself in international NGOs, homelessness, human rights journals and progressive journalism — my commitment to public service and social change grew every day. After Berkeley, I worked in public radio, online reporting, communications, nonprofits and social enterprise.
I returned for my master’s at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where I obtained my M.A. in Magazine, Newspaper & Online Journalism. Since then, I’ve done everything from interviewing sources from undisclosed locations and learning to do thorough fact-checks to following enterprise stories for months on end and covering breaking news when natural disasters hit.
Journalism takes me places I otherwise wouldn’t go.