Chicago, IL, USA

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MY PUBLISHED WORK

 

Austin grocer uses pop-up markets to determine long-term business plan — Feature story with a video and map.

Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members walk out amid contract negotiations — Breaking news coverage on the first day of the CTU 2019 strike. Multimedia story with photos and an audioscape. After the story was published, I organized daily coverage of the strike across the city until it ended.

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Passengers seldom tell transit personnel, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) shows minimal effort to prevent harassment — A nearly one year investigation into the prevalence of sexual harassment on the CTA. Multimedia story with a map and data visualization. Reporting included FOIA requests, a survey, and attending CTA board meetings to receive comment on the story. Created a guide to accompany the story about what riders can expect if they report sexual harassment on the CTA.  

SANCTUARY RESTAURANTS OFFER SUPPORT TO EMPLOYEES, BUT LITTLE PROTECTION — WTTW, PBS AFFILIATE

An in-depth feature with PBS affiliate WTTW-Chicago Tonight on sanctuary restaurants in the city. I reported, wrote copy and shot video for this story.

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One year investigation into lead levels in DePaul students' tap water — I led the nearly year-long project. We worked with 92 students to test their water, hosted two events to learn what gaps our coverage could fill and published a 12-story issue about what we found. Three months into our reporting, we applied and earned a grant from Illinois Humanities and the MacArthur Foundation to fund the project. This story explains our process. 

New voters regularly move to Illinois hoping to exercise their right to vote. Here’s what you should know about being registered in two states and how to cast a ballot in Illinois — Collaborated with the Better Government Association to answer a DePaul Student's question about voting. Cross-published with the BGA.

OUR MUSIC MY BODY BRINGS CONVERSATIONS ABOUT CONSENT TO MUSIC FESTIVALS, SHOWS — 14 EAST MAGAZINE

As the Time’s Up movement continues to promote awareness of sexual misconduct across disciplines, the voices of survivors are becoming louder. Their shouts echo through the halls of Congress, studios of Hollywood and gymnasiums of athletic hubs. Now, the music scene. — In depth reporting into the prevalence of sexual harassment in Chicago's music scene with data visualization. 

A DAY WITH A DAUGHTER OF CHARITY — 14 EAST MAGAZINE

Though Sister Kara Davis has lived in Chicago for just over 10 months, the legacy she carries with her has been in the city for 158 years — and she doesn’t take this lightly — Feature story on the Daughters of Charity in Chicago, multimedia story includes photos.

THE NIGHT SHIFT — 14 EAST MAGAZINE

At this time, it is unclear how many overnight desk receptionists actually went on strike, if any did. Conflicting accounts from activists and students — coupled with deference from the university and a lack of communication between parties involved at DePaul — have all clouded the actual circumstances around the strike as well as the labor conditions they work in — In depth investigation that included overnight reporting.

DEPAUL ALUMS COMPETE WITH PARACHEER TEAM USA AT WORLDS — 14 EAST MAGAZINE

Inherently taxing on the body, cheerleading might not appear possible for everyone. But  cheerleaders, with and without limitations, competed on April 26 at the International Cheer Union (ICU) World Championships in Disney World, Florida, in the ParaCheer Unified Division — Feature story on Midwest Paracheer team.

BUILDING BLOCKS — SOPHISTICATED LIVING CHICAGO

I Grow Chicago is taking back West Englewood one block at a time by empowering its neighbors with peace, love and a sense of community — Feature story on South Side nonprofit.