Columbia Journalism School | New York, N.Y. | Expected: Dec. 2016
M.S. — Fellow – Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting
Fellow – The Documentary Project
Produced an investigative documentary about the jailing of poor people for debt; wrote a long-form investigative article about international corruption; studied data reporting under Giannina Segnini in her Investigating Across Borders class and immigration and gender reporting under Sarah Stillman. Last fall, covered immigration throughout NYC with a focus on Hispanic communities in Queens.
Elon University | Elon, N.C. | 2012
B.A. – English (Professional Writing and Rhetoric), Communications Minor
Academic Honors: Periclean Scholar
Member of a 20-student cohort focused on community health in India. During our time as scholars, we traveled to India to partner with rural NGOs, hosted a conference on corporate social responsibility, held events on campus to highlight social issues in India and brought experts to campus as visiting scholars. As part of this experience, I wrote and directed two long-form films, which built on class research and partnerships:
Health for All | India | Writer, Director, DP, Editor | 2012
A look at solutions to health care gaps for India’s poorest citizens, profiling three NGOs.
Partnered with the Turkish government to screen the film in Paris and London as part of their bid for World Expo 2020; they donated $100,000 to one of the NGOs in the film.
The Elephant in the Room | Sri Lanka | Writer, Co-director, DP, Editor | 2011
A film exploring environmental issues in Sri Lanka, told through expert interviews.
The project was funded by the Park Foundation was for a different Periclean class.
UpNorth Film | Oslo, Norway | Current
I have been working with UpNorth since spring 2018, and I do a little bit of everything for them — source development, investigative research, shoot planning, archival research and organization. The company makes international feature documentaries.
The Ellsworth American | Ellsworth, Maine | 2017-2018
I spent 9 months working at an award-winning community newspaper in northern Maine. I focused on an investigative series of stories about criminal justice in rural Maine, covered complicated local politics and broke several state-wide news stories about ranked-choice voting. The two videos I made for the newspaper — one about a Mexican family that migrates to blueberry harvests in Maine each year, and the other about a traveling artist living out of her van — won first place in a Maine Press Association competition in 2018.
Punched.tv | New York, N.Y. | 2016-2017
Reporter — “Edge Hill"
Researching a criminal justice story for an in-depth documentary series.
Executive Producer — “American Frontiers"
onducted background research and found sources and documentary subjects for a correspondent traveling across the U.S. in the lead-up to the 2016 election, focusing specifically on immigration issues.
Retro Report | New York, N.Y. | Summer 2016
Associate Producer — “On Account of Sex," co-produced by Fork Films and published by the New York Times
Conducted extensive fact-checking research, archival research and management. Helped track down interviewees, research old newspaper clippings and television news clips.
Jigsaw Productions | New York, N.Y. | 2013-2014
Researcher and Production Assistant — “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” for CNN Films
Director: Alex Gibney
Conducted extensive research for story development, gathered documentary evidence of Apple’s tax history and SEC filings, compiled archival footage and photos from around the world, found and interviewed potential contributors, planned and worked many shoots.
The Pilot | Southern Pines, N.C. | Community Newspaper, Circulation: 15,000 | Summer 2010
Multimedia Reporting Intern
Wrote news and feature stories, including a profiles of a local musician and an immigrant earning his GED, a look at a struggling animal shelter and challenges facing local nonprofits.
WSOE | Elon, N.C. | Elon University Student Radio Station | 2010-2011
Hosted a weekly news program, bringing in guests from the newspaper and the local community to talk about issues in the news. Made a couple radio packages as exclusive WSOE stories.
The Pendulum | Elon, N.C. | Elon University Student Newspaper | 2009-2011
News Editor, Senior Reporter
Covered the town and school of Elon University, coordinating news and in-depth coverage of the school's significant development. Came up with news stories each week, and maintained a team of reporters.
The News & Record | Greensboro, N.C. | Metropolitan Newspaper, Circulation: 60,000 | 2010
Covered weekly town meetings for the News & Record's local offshoot, The Rock Creek Record. Developed relationships with the Town of Elon administrative staff.
The Times Record | Brunswick, Maine | Community Newspaper, Circulation: 10,000 | Summer 2009
Stories included the closure of the Naval base, consisting of extensive interviews with local business and political leaders, and the fierce gay marriage fight about a 2008 Maine law.
Audio & Video: Premiere, Avid Media Composer, AfterEffects, ProTools, Audition, Final Cut Pro
Equipment: Canon C300/C100, 5D/7D, Sony F5/EX3, various still cameras and lighting equipment
Programming/Data: Excel, HTML, CSS, CMS; basic literacy in SMO and SEO, web scraping, SQL
Languages: highly proficient Spanish, beginner Arabic, basic Hindi