Who I AM...
I'm a well-traveled journalist, writer and researcher with two years of professional writing experience under my belt and four years of writing and qualitative and quantitative research experience as a graduate student. Although my background is in Middle Eastern Studies, I have a diverse body of work covering a wide array of domestic issues for print and radio. 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 like to think that much farther down the road in my career, I’ll be able to make that kind of contribution. In the meantime, I’m looking to put my sharp news and research instincts to work, gaining a more solid grounding in general assignment or beat reporting, or to use my skills with a non-profit, NGO, or as a researcher. Fortunately, I love all types of writing from academic papers, literature reviews, essays, blogs, breaking news and features, to in-depth pieces. 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 the story when possible.
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