In Dallas, I often team up with reporters from other departments. I collaborate most often with Business and Investigations. I’ve done data analysis using SQL and Python, Django development, and traditional reporting like records requesting.
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.
North Little Rock honey plant changes hands– Acquisition; Front package in the 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.
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 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
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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