I am a journalist. I talk to people and write for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida. Most days I cover legal affairs and public safety, which means an average day might include a man turning down a plea deal for cultivating marijuana to treat his wife’s debilitating illness, a small plane crash or a meth lab exploding in a pricey beach front condominium. I broke the stories about detectives re-investigating the unsolved Walker family murders, the “In Cold Blood” murderers’ alibis that didn’t add up and later authorities exhuming the bodies of those two famous murderers.
I was a previously reporter for The Associated Press in 2012, writing about the Illinois statehouse from Springfield during the legislative session.
I have a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from University of Illinois Springfield, where I focused on learning how to comprehensively report on politics, legislation and corruption. I graduated with my bachelor’s in journalism and a political science minor from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
My passion is telling stories, in whatever form fits best, that impact people’s lives. I love learning new technology, especially innovative ways to use data for storytelling. I adore beautiful maps and aspire to make them. I am teaching myself to code.
I’m a native New Englander and love to hike. Sometimes I take extreme measures to create ordinary things from scratch, like wheat crackers or a custom hat. I watch lots of YouTube videos while trying to teach myself to play the ukulele.