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 rape culture and sexual misconduct on a college campus and on tough conditions in alternative schools. I’ve used data to understand racial disparities in school punishments and understand the impact teacher protests have on school attendance.

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 UofL.

Need more? Here’s my resume.

Home photo by Jeremy Chisenhall / About photo by Arry Schofield.