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.

Journalism Experience:

Punched.tv | New York, N.Y. | Current

  • Reporter — “Edge Hill"

Researching a criminal justice story for an in-depth documentary series.

RTS & Arté | New York, N.Y. | Fall 2016

  • 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

  • News Director

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

  • Freelance Reporter

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

  • Writing Intern

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.

Skills:

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