Times Union

I cover agriculture, retail, real estate and other business topics at the Times Union and run the business section’s Twitter account.

Moreau grain hub would connect brewers, farmers and beer lovers

Concern grows on state’s farms

Entertaining creative ways to still draw the consumer

A changing business of death

Agritourism helps small family farms stay afloat

News & Observer

I wrote 173 stories as a fellow at the N&O, including daily news and enterprise stories. I also wrote a two-part series about immigration, agriculture and farm workers. I often shot photos and video to accompany my stories, and managed two Twitter accounts for two community newspapers.


Part I: Are immigrants taking farm jobs from US citizens? In NC, farmers say no.

Part II: Could a 7-year-old have picked the food you’re eating? The law says no. Workers say yes.

Daily stories:

North Carolina’s state health plan will include coverage of gender transition surgery and hormone therapy next year, if deemed medically necessary. I wrote the first major story on state health plan board’s vote, which was picked up by the Associated Press.

NC health plan to cover sex changes, if medically necessary, in 2017 (politics)

I examined data from North Carolina’s education budget for public schools as well as Wake County’s budget and found that funding cuts have forced teachers and families to pay for supplies out-of-pocket.

NC schools’ needs strain budgets for parents, teachers (education)

After Texas, North Carolina has the highest number of Southern Baptist churches and members in the United States.  After the 2016 election, many are wondering: Should they wholeheartedly support a politician, though flawed, who promises to advocate for their general anti-abortion and traditional marriage values? Should they vocally condemn his seemingly sinful words and actions? Or should they stay out of politics to focus solely on spreading the news of the gospel?

After Trump’s election, NC’s Southern Baptists are left to do some soul-searching (religion)

The complaints share a common story: Patients paid their co-payments during clinic visits. Months or years later collection agencies sent letters, warning that their credit ratings would suffer if they didn’t pay up, even though their insurance providers had already settled with the clinic’s owner. For this story, I interviewed half a dozen former patients as well as the clinic’s owner and sifted through insurance records and complaints to the state attorney general’s office to trace patients’ experiences.

Patients say Carrboro medical clinic continued submitting claims after payment (investigations)

When Julie Moore dies, she will be buried in a biodegradable cotton casket she made herself and laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery, where she hopes her remains will fertilize a pink dogwood tree. Moore plans to have a green burial, a growing trend among people of all ages who are rethinking traditional burial options.

Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh now offers green burials (features)

Swimmer Hannah Aspden, 16, who was born without one leg, had been battling an autoimmune disorder that left her so weak and tired she had to skip training sessions in the months leading up to the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil. At the Paralympics, she managed to overcome these obstacles, winning several medals and breaking American records.

Raleigh Paralympic swimmer: ‘I don’t want to make any excuses’ (sports)

Charlie Sirois, 10, who started wearing girls’ clothes to school last year, said he has been teased by his peers. When his classmates ask if he is a boy or a girl, he tells them he is gender creative. Shortly after the General Assembly passed House Bill 2 in March, Charlie and his family started a group for gender nonconforming children.

Raleigh family in spotlight after Facebook post on gender creative son (features)

More of my articles: News & Observer author page


I wrote articles for print and online and a daily ‘5 things to know’ column and helped with breaking news coverage as an intern at USA TODAY. I also worked with the business team on a multimedia guide for first-time home buyers, wrote a weekly news quiz and assisted reporters and editors with projects, including Super Bowl 50 coverage, and managing USA TODAY’s Snapchat and Twitter accounts. 

I worked with reporters on USA TODAY‘s business team to create a multimedia guide for first-time home buyers. The guide’s chapters and videos walk readers through terms to know, apps they can use to make the process easier and other tips and tricks. We also outlined a social media strategy for the guide.

First-time home buyers face a complex and ever-changing market: Here’s a guide.

Hijarbie, a hijab-wearing Barbie with colorful headscarves and lengthy abayas, is the brainchild of Haneefah Adam, a 24-year-old medical scientist in Nigeria. Days after Mattel announced that it was giving Barbie a makeover, Hijarbie, the first Muslim Barbie, took the Instagram world by storm.

Meet Hijarbie: Barbie with a Muslim makeover

Last year, Florida senators approved a bill allowing high school students to take computer coding classes in place of foreign language requirements. It will take effect during the 2018-19 school year and aims to ensure that children learn crucial technological skills.

Florida Senate approves making coding a foreign language

In 2015, a gas leak led to an explosion in a five-story apartment building in Manhattan’s East Village. The building owner and contractors were indicted in 2016 on a host of charges, including manslaughter and homicide, for their roles in the explosion that killed two people and injured more than a dozen others.

Building owner charged in NYC explosion that killed 2, injured dozens

More articles: USA TODAY author page

New York Post

I interned for the Post’s news team and editorial department and primarily covered breaking news, crime and courts. I was hired out of my summer internship to work as a part-time reporter for the metro team.

Following the Paris terrorism attacks, the girlfriend of one of the victims visited the French Consulate in New York. Others also came to pay their respects and mourn the victims, laying home-made cards and lighting candles around a shrine outside the consulate.

Girlfriend of slain band worker breaks down at French Consulate

In 2014, Eric Garner died in Staten Island after police put him in a chokehold while arresting him. On the one-year anniversary of his death, Jewel Miller, his girlfriend and the mother of his daughter, released a single white dove at the spot where he died.

Eric Garner’s girlfriend releases white dove on anniversary of chokehold death

A 3-month-old baby died on his first day at an unlicensed daycare center in Soho, New York. His death sparked an investigation into the daycare.

3-month-old baby dies on first day at unlicensed daycare

More articles by me: New York Post author page


During the summer of 2015, I went on a study abroad trip to Germany with a group of students and a professor from my college. While there, I wrote several articles for Forbes. 

Babbel, a European language-learning program, is giving traditional brands a run for their money.

European Language-Learning Startup Challenges Rosetta Stone, Duolingo

Germany revolutionary Rudi Dutschke’s widow, Gretchen Klotz, compared the student movement her husband was involved in during the 1900s to current movements like Black Lives Matter. I also accompanied Klotz on a visit to her husband’s grave.

Rudi Dutschke’s Creative Leadership And Legacy As Told By His Widow

During my junior year of college, I reviewed Wall Street Journal reporter Barry Newman’s first book for Forbes.

The Art Of Narrative: Three Tips On Storytelling From WSJ Feature Writer Barry Newman

Empire State Tribune

I joined the Tribune, the student-run newspaper at The King’s College, as a freshman and eventually became the editor-in-chief. As a reporter, I covered school events and policy, and as an editor, I managed teams of reporters and photographers. I oversaw the production of the Tribune’s end-of-semester print magazine and assisted with videography and production of The Weekly Bull, the college’s first student broadcast publication.

Rebuilding St. Nicholas at Ground Zero: Can a community be rebuilt?

King’s appoints first Title IX deputies

Sixty percent retention for 2012-2013, majority who left dismissed or suspended

More articles by me: Empire State Tribune author page

Weekly Bull

YouTube channel

West Side Rag

After graduating from college, I lived on the Upper West Side for several months. I contributed to the West Side Rag, a popular blog I enjoyed reading that covered news and events in the neighborhood.

Citibike, mosquitoes, M104 buses and museum expansion highlight gripe-filled town hall

BNO News

I interned for BNO News, a wire service, in high school and wrote news stories on a variety of topics.

Pistorius not mentally ill during girlfriend’s killing, court hears

Girl, 15, commits suicide after Brazil’s humiliating World Cup loss

Sun-Sentinel’s Teenlink

I also interned for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel’s Teenlink, a print and online product for youth in the area, in high school. I wrote movie reviews and entertainment articles. In 2013, I received one of two “Best Entertainment Writer” awards.

Co-stars incredible, ‘Rock of Ages’ actress says

‘Brave’ delivers a princess to be admired