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EXPERIENCE

 

WTSP – 10News                                                   Tampa Bay, FL                                    August 2019 – Present

Investigative Reporter/Multi-Skilled Journalist

  • Investigation “Seized” exposed nationwide pattern of epileptics getting arrested and, sometimes, killed by police during seizures when officers mistook their outbursts for intoxication.
  • Exposed a majority of school districts in Tampa Bay were failing to comply with a law meant to protect sick kids. Because of this story, the state demanded all school districts comply within months or face consequences.
  • Monthly “Turn To 10” reports help get results for people who’ve been ripped off or scammed.

 

WJAX/WFOX - Action News Jax                               Jacksonville, FL                                    July 2015 – July 2019

Investigative Reporter/General Assignment Reporter

  • Won 2019 Suncoast Regional Emmy Award in Politics/Government – News for exposing gaps in oversight of military moving contractors. Now the U.S. government is making nationwide changes.
  • Won Florida Associated Press Award for Reporter in 2018 and 2017. Finalist in 2016 and 2015.
  • Undercover investigation into unlicensed cosmetic procedures caused FL Dept. of Health to make statewide change.
  • Nine-month investigation into inmate’s death revealed local jail uses controversial restraint chair in half of all uses of force inside the jail – three-times more often than a comparable agency.
  • Investigation into local company exposed tax evasion, shady business  practices, and accusations of investor fraud. Company's president resigned the day after sweeps piece aired.
  • Lead reporter covering Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s month-long federal fraud trial.
  • Covered 2018 mass shooting at the Jacksonville Landing video game tournament.
  • Daily radio hits for News 104.5 WOKV

 

WSPA - 7 On Your Side                                           Greenville, SC                                     July 2013 – July 2015

Greenville Bureau Chief/General Assignment Reporter

  • Six-month investigation into how the state was unknowingly licensing sex offenders to be chiropractors and residential plumbers. Reporting led to the state agency changing its licensing practices, three state investigations, and a state senator introducing a bill to change state law.
  • Live reporter on top story in 6 p.m. show that won Southeast Emmy for Best Newscast.

 

WKBT - News 8                                                     La Crosse, WI                                      July 2011 – July 2013

Multimedia Journalist, Fill-in Anchor/Producer

  • Covered historic recall election of Gov. Scott Walker.
  • Award-winning series on self-defense class that teaches women how to fight off rapists.

 

 

EDUCATION

 

Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, 2007 - 2011

B. S. in Broadcast Journalism, Concentration: Political Science (GPA: 3.9 - Summa Cum Laude)

 

 

TRAINING/MEMBERSHIP

 

Investigative Reporters & Editors

2017-Present

 

The Poynter Institute – A Journalist’s Guide to Covering Jails

March 2019

 

 

AWARDS

 

  • 2019 Suncoast Regional Emmy Award for Politics/Government – News, “Gaps in Oversight of Military Moving Contractors”
  • 2018 Edward R. Murrow Award for Social Media Excellence (Large Market – Southeast Region)
  • 2017 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Winner for Reporter (Medium Market)
  • 2017 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Winner for Series/Franchise (Medium Market): “ADA Lawsuits: Social Justice or Shakedown?”
  • 2016 Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence (Large Market – Southeast Region): Most featured reporter in Action News Jax’s submission.
  • 2016 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Winner for Investigative Series (Medium Market)
  • “Mysterious In-Custody Deaths” - Nine-month investigation into inmate’s death revealed local law enforcement agency uses controversial restraint chair in half of all uses of force inside the jail – three times more often than a comparable agency.
  • 2016 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Finalist for Reporter (Medium Market)
  • 2016 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Finalist for Continuing Coverage (Medium Market): “Latitude 360: Where’d the Money Go?”
  • 2015 Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Finalist for Individual Achievement – Multiple Stories (Medium Market)
  • 2014 Southeast Emmy for Best Newscast: Live reporter on top story in newscast.
  • 2013 Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas Award for Best Spot News (Division 1): Live reporter in 7 On Your Side’s coverage of a kidnapping and chase.
  • 2012 Associated Press Broadcast Journalism Excellence Award for Hard News Reporting (Wisconsin Division 3): "The La Crosse Heroin Rush" - Investigative report plus in-depth continuing coverage on a deadly trend.
  • 2011 Associated Press Broadcast Journalism Excellence Award for Enterprise Reporting                                 (Wisconsin Division 3): "Fighting Through the Fear" - Series on a self defense class that teaches women how to fight off a rapist.