I love political journalism. It's my passion. And while my journey to this career has hardly been a traditional one, where's the fun in a run-of-the-mill backstory?
Before becoming a journalist, I spent five years as a political operative during my middle and high school days. I worked with local, state and national campaigns, served as a national volunteer organizer for a political action committee and held positions in a state political party. However, I am no longer affiliated with any party or candidate, despite past partisan ties.
A lifelong public speaker, I am an advocate of discourse, discussion and debate. I was nationally ranked as a high school speech and debate competitor in extemporaneous speaking. I also took a year off from the University of Connecticut to coach the speech and debate program at Lee County High School (Ga.), where my students won four state championships in the 2014-15 season.
During my time at UConn, I worked to become a versatile journalist. Much of that took place outside of the traditional classroom setting, first as a reporter at The Daily Campus and more recently as an intern and freelancer at the Connecticut Mirror. Both of these publications gave me opportunities to cover state and national politics.
But my experience extends beyond political reporting. I've covered everything from breaking news and crime to sports and culture. As a reporter at The Daily Campus, I spent a year on the police beat and another year on the town beat. During my summer reporting fellowship with the Connecticut Mirror, many of my assignments were on the health care beat. And at both publications, I covered higher education issues extensively.
In mid-September 2016, entirely on a whim, I told my editor I needed to take a personal week. In what was truly a spontaneous decision, I packed a bag and hit the road to embark upon a solo, cross-country trip to Glacier National Park in Montana.
The experience was truly life-changing, redefining my perspective and opening my mind to new possibilities.
After six months of countless drafts and false starts, I finished writing about my experience. You can read it here.
Over the course of my life, I've traveled to destinations in 29 states. In addition, I spent two weeks of January 2013 in Chile – the first week in Santiago and the second in the Patagonia. This website features a number of photographs from my many travels in its layout.
Outside of those travels, my childhood years were divided between three states: Connecticut, Maine and Georgia. Each of these competes for the place I call "home" in my mind.