Journalist by trade. Curious/adventurous by birth. Coffee addict by default.
As a dynamic multimedia reporter interested in international, cultural, humanitarian and military news, I merge my anthropological studies with my training as a hard news reporter to give readers a window into the lives and experiences of people around the world.
It has long been my intention to be a foreign correspondent, stationed and/or dispatched to developing countries, militarized zones and crisis areas to report on a myriad of issues that people face there. I never had an ‘a-ha’ moment, no shining epiphany; just a gradual evolution and growing determination of what I wanted to be and do in my lifetime.
Through Boston University’s (BU) Dual-Degree Program, I pursued two bachelor’s degrees during my four years there: a Bachelor of Science in News-Editorial Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology. I furthered my education by completing the ‘Reporting Safely from Crisis Zones’ program given by Columbia University’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.
During my time abroad I noticed that health is such an important and fundamental issue in developing nations and crisis areas, that it can influence culture and community, and in turn, be influenced by culture and community. It was at this point that I realized a Master’s of Public Health would be the perfect supplement to my previous education and experience. Through rigorous online coursework at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health (degree expected 2018), I add layers of scientific authority and emotional understanding to my reporting.
I have worked for a community newspaper in Los Angeles, as a headline news broadcaster at BU, a multicultural reporter in Ireland and a daily online news journalist in Boston. In my travels, I have seen some of the poorest communities in Mexico, experienced the famed European nightlife, had tea with bedouins in Jordan, been certified to pour the perfect pint of Guinness in Dublin, lived like a local in Uganda and wandered the Old City of Jerusalem. I am always ready for my next adventure and am always looking for the next big headline.