Who I AM...

I'm a well-traveled journalist and researcher with 3 1/2 years of professional writing experience under my belt and four years of writing and qualitative and quantitative research experience as a graduate student. My background is in Middle Eastern Studies, but I have a diverse body of work covering a wide array of domestic issues for print and radio. Since July 2015, I've covered civil cases in courts in northern Virginia and the D.C. District Court, Supreme Court cases, congressional hearings and the Guantanamo Bay detention center for Courthouse News Service. I enjoy writing professionally about any topic, but I'm generally drawn to covering things that matter to the public interest—I believe that when journalism functions in its highest form, the public should benefit from it. I love all types of writing from academic papers, literature reviews, essays, blogs, breaking news and features, to in-depth pieces. Most of all, I love telling human stories. I also enjoy diving head first into data and documents to enhance my reporting. I'm a strong proponent of freedom of information and I have a proven track record of acquiring public records for important stories. Finally, I feel strongly that official sources should be balanced with the human side of every story when possible.

  • Lives In Washington D.C.
  • Loves Cycling, basketball, politics and puppies
  • Wants Continued Professional Growth

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