Current Work

Vox Magazine, Deputy Editor 

August 2017-Present, Columbia, MO

- Plan, organize, execute and edit feature stories/packages for weekly publication

- Train writers and editors

- Pitch, proofread and write stories for the magazine

- Run City Life department; sharpen pitches and edit department stories

- Original reporting and interviewing in videos produced for online publication

PolitiFact Missouri, Reporter

August 2018-Present, Columbia, MO

- Writing fact checks/stories for PolitiFact's Missouri imprint

- Verifying the accuracy of and analyzing claims from statewide and national politicians


Reporting, researching, social media, political analysis, storytelling, fact checking, FOIA, radio, interviewing, blogging, investigative journalism, editing, Microsoft Office, photography, video production

Awards/High School
Work Experience

The Day, Ledyard and North Stonington Beat Reporter, General Assignment Reporter (18')

2018, New London, CT

- Focused on town and state politics, business, crime and human interest stories
- Investigative, breaking, enterprise and general news coverage/analysis
- General assignment coverage throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island

Columbia Missourian, Business/News Reporter (18')

2018, Columbia, MO

- Investigative, breaking, enterprise and general news coverage/analysis
- Focused specifically on business/real estate
The Long River Review, Creative Nonfiction Editor, Blogger (17'), Interviews Editor, Creative Nonfiction Panelist, Blogger (16')

2016-2017, Storrs, CT

- Conducted and curated interviews to be published in print and online

- Evaluated and nominated winners for creative nonfiction submissions

- Organized creative nonfiction section, ran weekly meetings

- Contributed essays to online blog

The Daily Campus, Board of Directors (17', 16', 15'), Editorial Board Member (17', 16'), Weekly Columnist (17', 16'), Senior Staff Writer, News (17', 16', 15'), Copy Editor (17', 16', 15'), Staff Writer (14'), Campus Correspondent (14', 13')

​2013-2017, Storrs, CT

- Covered events and executed investigative reporting, breaking news and analysis

- News representative for radio show in conjunction with campus radio station

- Workshopped with correspondents to prepare articles for publication 

- Determined finances and thematic goals for the paper

- Wrote and decided upon editorials 

The Mark Twain House and Museum, Intern for Director of Writing Programs (15'), Apprentice in Creative Nonfiction Writing Program (14')

2014-2015, Hartford, CT

- Learned to write/research creative nonfiction; narrative grounded in fact

- Read through and helped judge writing contest submissions

- Executed multimedia promotion and ran the writing program's social media account 

-  Writing tutor and educational assistant

Editor-in-Chief, Valley Regional High School Newspaper (2011-2013)

Sports Reporter, Valley Courier (2013)

Article of the year, Daily Campus (2015)

Article of the year, Daily Campus (2016)

Column of the year, Daily Campus (2017)

University of Missouri, School of Journalism
Masters of Arts, Journalism, Expected Graduation May 2019


University of Connecticut
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science & English, Cum Laude Honors, Graduated May 2017

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