EXPERIENCE

  • Iowa Informer founder/editor/reporter, January 2016 - present
  • Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication master's student and graduate student instructor, August 2015 - May 2017
  • Ames Tribune city reporter, November 2013 - August 2015 (freelance reporter, January 2007 - May 2010; intern, summer 2007)
  • Mother Jones reporter, February - August 2013 (writing fellow, December 2011 - January 2013; editorial fellow, June - November 2011; editorial intern, December 2010 - May 2011)
  • Village Voice editorial research assistant to Wayne Barrett, June - September 2010
  • Ames Progressive editor, September 2007 - July 2013

  • Also contributed work to the Agence France-Presse, Al Jazeera America, Daily Beast, Iowa Independent, and Manhattan Media's Our Town and West Side Spirit; articles have also appeared on AlterNet and Moyers & Company

AWARDS/HONORS

  • Coverage of Government and Politics, first place (staff award), 2016, Daily 1 (under 10,000 circulation), as Ames Tribune city/local government reporter (awarded by the Iowa Newspaper Association)
  • Best News Story, first place, 2016, Daily 1 (under 10,000 circulation), for Ames Tribune story on the "Fort Kids" spending their summer outdoors in violation of a city ordinance (awarded by the Iowa Newspaper Association)
  • Best News Feature Story, second place, 2015, Daily 1 (under 10,000 circulation), for Ames Tribune story on Mayor Ann Campbell's recovery from a life-threatening heart attack (awarded by the Iowa Newspaper Association)
  • Excellence in Journalism Award recipient, 2013, breaking news, as member of the Mother Jones team for "America Under the Gun: A Special Report on Gun Laws and the Rise of Mass Shootings" (awarded by the Society of Professional Journalists-Northern California
  • Sigma Delta Chi Award recipient, 2012, non-deadline online reporting, as member of the Mother Jones team for "America Under the Gun: A Special Report on Gun Laws and the Rise of Mass Shootings" (awarded by the Society of Professional Journalists)
  • National Magazine Award finalist, 2012, excellence in reporting for digital media, as member of the Mother Jones team covering Occupy Wall Street (awarded by the American Society of Magazine Editors)
  • Maggie Award recipient (staff award), 2012, best use of social media, as member of the Mother Jones team covering Occupy Wall Street (awarded by the Western Publishing Association)

EDUCATION

  • M.S. in Journalism and Communication from Iowa State University with a minor in Community and Regional Planning
  • B.S. in Journalism and Communication from Iowa State University with a secondary major in Environmental Studies and minors in Political Science and Sociology