Growing up, I wanted to be Nancy Drew. Or a crime scene analyst. Or an FBI profiler.
A focus on finding the truth and understanding inner workings translated into a focus on accountability and investigative journalism, particularly involving data. Now, I dig for answers and share them in hopes of informing and improving society.
I’ve shone a light on tough conditions in alternative schools and used data to understand racial inequities, from suspensions to test scores.
My fourth-grade teacher said my eyes light up when I help someone understand something.
I don’t think she realized I would later sit through hours of school board meetings, wade through pages of documents, and comb through data to bring readers the information they need.
Right now, I report on education for The Courier Journal in Louisville, Ky. I keep tabs on one of the largest school districts in the country, statewide education policy and teacher activism.
I also covered education at Insider Louisville. Before that, I covered technology at TechRepublic, worked on the data desk at the Austin American-Statesman, and ran The Louisville Cardinal.
A lifelong Kentuckian, I earned a degree in investigative journalism with a Russian minor from the University of Louisville.
I’m also the president of the Louisville chapter of SPJ and a journalism mentor through Journalism Internships.
Need more? Here’s my resume.
Home photo by Arry Schofield / About photo by Scott Utterback.