I’m an investigative reporter for Lee Enterprises' 12-member Public Service Journalism Team. I'm based in North Carolina. I cover business, government, health and anything else that comes my way. I believe covering our local communities, specifically local business and government, is some of the most important reporting to be done, so I put my heart into my work — even when that means a lot of footwork that doesn’t always amount to a story. Developing relationships with sources and locals is important and something I pride myself on.
I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida. There, along with learning new skills in digital reporting and social media, I found myself with a growing sense of how important informing the public is. It was in my final year at UF that I realized just how passionate I felt about reporting.
At my various internships and writing positions I expanded and refined my social media knowledge, digital writing skills and even delved into marketing and public relations — though always went back to journalism.
Now, I am also pursuing a master's degree in digital communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Originally from Gainesville, Florida, I’m used to warm winters, scalding summers and the more-than-occasional alligator. In 2017, I made the move to western North Carolina, for a job at the Lenoir News-Topic, where I worked for two and a half years. After that, I worked at Hickory Daily Record. I started with Lee's public service team in 2022.
Here in North Carolina, the weather is perfectly mild, the beer is local and the people are brimming with hospitality and charm. When I’m not hard at work I’m usually on a run, cooking up a meatless dish, hiking to the top of a nearby mountain or — as is the case most of the time — cuddling with my cats, a hot cup of tea in hand and an episode of ‘Scrubs’ on the TV.