I am a community reporter for the East County Observer in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. As a journalist for a weekly newspaper, I find myself in a cow pasture one day and a black tie reception that night — a variety which I find invigorating!
I believe that journalism has an important role to play in society today: keeping people informed about their society, their government and the world around them, and giving them that information as truthfully and objectively as possible. Local, community journalism becomes increasingly more important as readers and viewers grow more mistrustful of the media and the polarization they see between large news organizations.
I am a graduate from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Originally a photojournalism student, I designed my own interest area which combined print and digital news reporting and photojournalism. In Fall 2013 I made my first-ever trip out of the country to study for a semester at Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy.
I grew up in a small town in the northwest corner of Missouri. Besides photography and writing, I like a good day on the beach, a night out in a tent and my rescue cat, June.