Experience


Houston Chronicle: May 2014 - Present
Austin bureau reporter
--Currently cover Texas state government and politics with an emphasis on health and human services
--Focused in the 2014 election on the lieutenant governor’s race, writing a definitive profile of the winner
--Frequently appear on local television and radio stations to discuss news

The Seattle Times: Sept. 2011 - April 2014
Staff reporter
--First full-time reporter hired at the paper in six years
--Wrote about state government and politics, including daily coverage of the 2012 governor’s race and enterprise projects about health and human services
--Series of stories about problems with the state’s mental-health system spurred significant reforms
--Also covered K-12 education and led coverage of a major highway bridge collapse outside the city
--As the paper’s most active tweeter, trained colleagues and led seminars on using Twitter in reporting

The Washington Post: June - Aug. 2011
Interactivity intern
--Managed digital initiatives to increase and improve interactions between reporters and readers
--Recruited long-term unemployed residents to blog for a major project I pitched and ran
--Contributed print stories about Hurricane Irene and the Base Realignment and Closure program

The Orange County Register: June - Aug. 2010
Washington bureau intern
--Covered Orange County’s congressional delegation and political issues important to the area

The Reno Gazette-Journal: June - Aug. 2009
News intern
--Wrote 91 stories (37 for A1), took photos and shot videos


Education


Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.): Sept. 2007 - June 2011
--Earned dual degree in Journalism and Political Science
--Graduated cum laude (top 12 percent of class)
--Edited the college newspaper, The Daily Northwestern – managing a staff of 120, creating the first-ever investigations desk and writing a series of stories unearthing issues with the Medill Innocence Project

Universidad de Sevilla (Seville, Spain): Sept. 2009 - Dec. 2009



Awards


Northwest region of Society of Professional Journalists Award: May 2014
--First Place in Health Reporting, "Forcibly detained to be treated, forced to wait for treatment"

The Mirror Awards: April 2012
--Finalist in Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting, "Investigative journalism students used questionably ethical reporting tactics" and "'Dismantling of a legacy': The rise and fall of David Protess"

Associated Collegiate Press (Collegiate contest): Oct. 2010
--1st in News Story, "Northwestern reaches $2 million settlement with Sunshine family"

Boy Scouts of America: May 2006
--Eagle Scout


Skills


Multimedia
--Proficient in photo editing, video production and basic HTML coding

Spanish
--Proficient in speaking, understanding, reading and writing