I am a print and multimedia journalist currently based in the U.S. and a freelance researcher for National Geographic Magazine. My work has taken me from the back of a motorcycle speeding down Interstate 20 outside of Odessa, TX, during an evening ride with a sober bikers club, to a roomful of surgeons performing a liver transplant in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to an old bar in Revere Beach, MA, where I documented the lives of Vietnam veterans, cocaine dealers and Revere natives who frequented the bar.
I specialize in new media, telling stories through a combination of words, pictures, and sound. In 2014, I received a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to produce a multimedia project documenting the impact that construction of California's high speed rail system has had and will have on diverse communities in the Central Valley. I have also worked in the heart of American oil country as a reporter for the Midland Reporter-Telegram, the daily paper of Midland, TX. My articles there led to the paper receiving a statewide award for compelling coverage of mental health issues.
As a journalist, I am always interested in the hidden stories, the experiences and truths that are so often left in the dark. My work tends to focus on the harsh economic, environmental, and social realities that ordinary people face in contemporary America. I seek to portray the complexity and diversity of the human experience by asking my readers/viewers to listen to the voices of my subjects with deep empathy. I believe that by combining personal stories with hard data and carefully investigated information, true change can come about, be it by law or by heart--hopefully both.