Journalist | Educator | Nonprofit Director
I am a college journalism instructor and freelance multimedia journalist based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I am a feminist, Southern storyteller and reporter that doggedly looks at the world with a critical eye.
I am never more in my zone than when writing editorials, opinion pieces and first-person essays, a craft I’ve honed after 25+ years of reporting almost every beat, across media. Early in my career I was the only woman/only person under 40 on an editorial board and it taught me how to thoughtfully be heard.
I am reluctantly resilient. I am a survivor of postpartum depression and a maternal mortality near miss, as well as a direct hit from a tornado. I have lost loved ones to gun violence. For over 30 years I have lived with Type 1 diabetes. These experiences have made me an empathetic reporter, a stronger person and someone who doesn’t waste time.
I believe in the nuances of stories; the gray area between the shouting sides that so often get attention. To explore those gray areas in my own profession, in 2018 I completed a one-year 10,000 mile journey to chronicle journalism in America, which earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Federation of Press Women, among others.
My advanced journalism classes recently worked with ProPublica on a data journalism project to collect 20 years worth of Alabama election data to determine if new Alabama laws impacted voters. The class also worked with Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia and WikiTribune, on his beta version news product, which recently launched as WT.Social.
I’m ready for the next challenge.