I worked with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Data Team to manage a ‘data warehouse’ of all data collected by reporters. I populated the database by sending out public records requests, scraping websites and using SQL to query and structure the database. I often found stories in the data I worked with and either handed those ideas off to the respective beat reporters or pursued them on my own.
At the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, I reported on breaking news, wrote briefs for online and print, and profiled local companies. As a part of UNC Chapel Hill’s Business News Wire, I wrote breaking stories based on SEC filings from local companies. These stories get picked up by publications across the region.
Argos Therapeutics shares fall 65 percent after it said it might discontinue cancer drug – Breaking news; Picked up by The Durham Herald-Sun and WRAL TechWire.
North Little Rock honey plant changes hands– Acquisition; Front package in the business section.
In new era of photography, some struggle – Industry feature; Front package in the Sunday business section.
Good chemistry at L’Oreal Maybelline – Company profile; Front package in the business section.
Gamo firm buys Daisy; Rogers jobs said to stay – Acquisition story; A1 in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Crossett draws forestry experts from overseas -Event story; Front package in the business section.
Dillard’s sales off by $1.4 million – Earnings story; Front page in the business section.
Little Rock firm focus on debt pays off – Earnings story; Front page in the business section.
I interned at the Chapel Hill office of the (Raleigh) News & Observer during the spring semester of my junior year. Two of my stories were picked up for the News & Observer’s Sunday edition and ran with front-page promos. Before that, I worked at the daily student newspaper as a writer and editor. I wrote front-page features, breaking news posts, and explanatory pieces. Here is a selection of my best work from these positions.
UNC graduate’s death raises awareness of suicide -Ran in The News & Observer Sunday paper.
Veterans find camaraderie in reading– Ran in The News & Observer Sunday paper.
UNC won’t meet 2020 coal-free deadline – An in-depth accountability story that fact-checked the University’s promise to use no coal on campus by 2020. My reporting found this was not possible, and the University had to modify their claims as a result.
UNC redacts Saunders Hall Comments– A data and public records story. I converted a PDF document into usable data and analyzed it to produce a series of stories about comments people made to the Board of Trustees concerning a building named after a KKK leader. This story challenges the notion that students’ names must be redacted in this record of public comments made to the Board of Trustees. In this article, I explored FERPA, FOIA, and the University’s history of caution in releasing unprotected student information.
Narratives about Silent Sam collide – An explanatory feature about protests surrounding a campus monument that honors Confederate soldiers.
16 years coming, 16 years to go: After renaming of Saunders Hall, activists still see their work as unfinished – A feature about the activism and bureaucracy that changed the name of a campus building named for a KKK leader.
NCAA raises questions about the future of UNC athletics – An explanatory story written with the sports editor about the implications of NCAA allegations levied against UNC’s athletics program.
While serving as the University Editor for The Daily Tar Heel, I wrote breaking news concerning UNC, including developments in an academic scandal, campus protests, and a building name change.
Police investigate Silent Sam vandalism – Won 10th Place in the National Hearst Breaking News Competition
Live Chapel Hill, Carrboro election results– During election night, I wrote blog-style updates for our website and constructed Google Charts graphics to display the election results. I coupled this with graphics on each candidate’s platforms.
NCAA alleges lack of institutional control – I put out this breaking post minutes after the University released the report detailing the NCAA’s allegations against the school’s athletic program.
I served as the summer editor-in-chief for Southern Neighbor Magazine, a monthly publication serving Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Pittsboro, and Hillsborough.
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