The Florida Times-Union — Enterprise reporter — Feb. 2013 – Present
I covered the politics of justice, the policies of an aggressive prosecutor and the scandals of an unqualified public defender. I proved the public defender rewarded political allies, while his attorneys were the lowest paid in the state. I showed his chief attorney was found ineffective four times. My reporting led to outrage, and in the end, the public defender lost re-election by 50 percentage points.
I also exposed jail rape through data, showing Jacksonville’s jails had dozens of inmates raped, far more than any other jail in Florida. The new sheriff changed office policies to bring the jail more in line with national standards.
I dug into housing dramas: wrongful foreclosures, predatory reverse mortgages, slums so bad residents collapsed. I reported bad arrests, a mistaken sex predator ID and records violations.
The Dallas Morning News — Cops intern — May 2012 – Dec. 2012
When the black community almost rioted after a police shooting, I stayed past midnight, listening. When a teenager died of an overdose, I found dozens more cases, hidden in autopsy reports, showing a deadly new mixture of heroin and Xanax. When I wrote about crime, I looked for the larger forces at play. I found a teenager who first started selling heroin at 13, and then I found out what happened next.
Chattanooga Times Free Press — Cops intern — July 2011 – Jan. 2012
I took on ambitious projects, embedding with Occupy Chattanooga, looking at community policing, talking to a mother of disabled kids about the stresses that built and built and built until she almost killed herself.
The Florida Times-Union — Metro intern — May 2011- June 2011
The North Florida Herald — Metro intern — Jan. 2011 – May 2011
I covered the Newberry City Commission, making complex issues simple. I wrote about efforts to repeal a gun ban and to construct the world’s largest baseball park. I experimented. I wrote narratives about business, religion, education and daily lives. I wrote about prom. The paper ceased publishing later that year.
University of Florida, bachelor’s degree in journalism, May 2013
John Jay College of Criminal Justice/H.F. Guggenheim Reporting Fellow
Florida Press Club 2016 Freedom of Information Award for exposing the police’s systematic deletion of records, 2015 1st place Religion Writing Award for covering the deadly dangers of bad urban design for Orthodox Jews, and nine more second- and third-place honors for writing about minority communities, public safety, sports and health
Florida Society of Professional Journalists 2015 third place for minority-issues beat reporting
The NewsGuild’s 2013 David S. Barr Award for Student Journalism for reporting on heroin