About Me

A middle school student shadowed me for a day. Here we are interviewing the owner of an alligator tannery.

I was born and raised in Texas and, at a young age, knew I wanted to be a journalist. That belief was cemented when I joined my high school newspaper and later attended a young journalist summer institute hosted by the Houston Chronicle in 2003. The school year before, I became acquainted with the Student Press Law Center after fighting censorship issues. 

My high school administration refused to allow articles about the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance club to run in the student newspaper. Months after I first began reporting the story, the ACLU sued the district when it delayed the club's approval. It became national news, and, under threat of suit from the SPLC, my articles finally were allowed to be printed in the student newspaper.

After a brief stint at the University of Houston, I transferred and graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in 2008. I spent my college years working for student newspapers, participating in Hispanic student organizations and interning. I interned the Houston Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau.

During my last semester at the Missouri School of Journalism, I accepted a position as an education reporter at The Daily Advertiser. I was attracted to Louisiana's complex education issues, and my first stories dealt with transparency issues, failing schools, on-going desegregation issues and deteriorating facilities. I spent three years in that position.

The company, the Advertiser Media Network, also includes The Daily World in Opelousas, La., where I currently cover general assignments for publication in the two papers. Opelousas is writhe with corruption, racial issues and crime. I have covered escaped inmates, human-interest features, municipalities who refuse to pay state fees and political battles.

I am a firm believer that the best journalists are active members of their communities, as I am. I knew little about South Louisiana when I moved here, but I am now a source of information in the newsroom. In my spare time, I enjoy bike rides, swimming, camping, a good meal, reading, live music and long conversations with friends.

I was a founding member of Lafayette's first and only roller derby team, the Acadiana Roller Girls, and remain active in the league. I founded the league's Community Outreach Committee and headed fundraising efforts for charities including the Acadiana Autism Society, Relay For Life and the Murphy Family Support Fund. The Murphy Family Support Fund was created to raise funds needed to transport 24-year-old Nicole Murphy's body to the U.S. She was struck and killed by a car in South Africa while attending the 2010 World Cup.

I am a donating member of United Way of Acadiana and spend time reading to classes. Additionally, I am active in my diverse, urban neighborhood, where I am working toward starting a community garden.