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.
I’ve written the first draft of history as schools scramble to move online in the face of a global pandemic, pushing officials to do right by their students in a trying time.
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 Pulitzer Prize-winning Courier Journal in Louisville, Ky. I keep tabs on one of the largest school districts in the country, state 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.