Reporter, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore/Annapolis, MD, 2013-present
Multimedia reporter for the largest and most comprehensive news organization in Maryland, focusing on coverage of local and state politics.
• State House reporter, 2018-present: Part of a two-reporter team responsible for covering the governor, Maryland General Assembly, state agencies and elections. Routinely contribute photos and videos to accompany stories and appear on local radio, TV and podcasts to discuss state politics.
• Baltimore County reporter, 2014-2018: Covered the county executive and county council in the largest jurisdiction in the Baltimore region.
• Anne Arundel County reporter, 2013-2014: Covered politics in Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis. Filed stories for the main paper as well as hyperlocal print and online sections.
Reporter, The Capital, Annapolis, MD, 2003-2013
Wrote news, feature and profile stories for afternoon daily newspaper and website. Shot photos and videos for stories. Contributed to coverage of state politics.
• Environment Reporter, 2005-2013: Provided extensive coverage of Chesapeake Bay restoration effort, edited biweekly environmental section, covered environmental legislation at state General Assembly.
• General Assignment Reporter, 2003-2005: Covered a variety of stories from zoning disputes to police news.
Reporter, Maryland Gazette, Glen Burnie, MD, 2000-2003
Wrote news, feature and profile stories as a general assignment reporter for semiweekly community newspaper. Coverage included environment, development, state prisons and police/fire.
• On-Camera Work: Complete “stand up” narration for videos accompanying news stories. Co-host weekly Facebook Live chat during the Maryland General Assembly session.
• Podcasting: Regularly host “Roughly Speaking: Newsroom Edition,” the flagship podcast of The Baltimore Sun.
• Digital Photography: Use Nikon DSLR camera, lenses and external flash to produce photos for stories. Edit photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements.
• Videography: Produce videos of news events using Nikon DSLR camera and Adobe Premiere Elements.
• Featured on other local and national news outlets to discuss news stories, including on WYPR, WBAL and WEAA radio stations in Baltimore, WAMU and WMAL radio stations in Washington, Maryland Public Television, Fox News, MSNBC, C-SPAN television and C-SPAN radio.
• Selected as a panelist for the only gubernatorial debate in 2018 between candidates Larry Hogan and Ben Jealous.
• Appeared as a guest speaker for the World Trade Center Institute, the German Marshall Fund, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program, the Chesapeake Research Consortium, Leadership Anne Arundel, the American Psychological Association, the Wendi Winters PR Bazaar and local political clubs.
• Delivered guest lectures for journalism, political science and law classes at Towson University, Goucher College, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, the University of Baltimore School of Law and Anne Arundel Community College.
• Represented the newspaper at local schools as an Earth Day presenter, practice interviewer, guest reader and speaker for newspaper club.
• Moderated “Chesapeake Bay at a Crossroads” Forum sponsored by the Capital Gazette Newspapers in 2010.
Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association
Twenty awards since 2001 for categories such as environment, feature profile, medical/science, business and multimedia. Top awards include:
• 2018: Second place for local column — critical thinking (large dailies) for a reflection on the unexpected death of gubernatorial candidate and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
• 2016: First place for growth and land-use reporting (large dailies) for a team report about development in the watershed surrounding historic Ellicott City, which was devastated by a deadly flood. Award was shared with reporters Luke Broadwater and Scott Dance.
• 2012: First and second place for environment reporting (mid-size dailies) for stories about invasive snakehead fish and an in-depth look at a farm pollution lawsuit. Also, first place for state government reporting for discovering that water pollution fines largely pay for government overhead and first place for election reporting for a fact-check of a Senate campaign ad.
• 2011: Best in Show for feature profile (newspapers of all sizes) for a story about the last skipjack captain harvesting oysters on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Also, first place for environment reporting (mid-size dailies) for coverage of a massive die-off of oysters and first place for multimedia storytelling (mid-size dailies) for stories, photos and video about rockfish poaching.
• 2010: First place in environment reporting (mid-size dailies) for an investigation that showed fines as small as $50 were being levied for major sewage spills, as well as first place in state government for finding dishwasher detergents containing phosphorus were stocked on store shelves, despite a new law banning them.
• 2006: Best in Show for growth/development (newspapers of all sizes) for a co-written article exposing the tactics used by developers to win community support for their projects.
• 2004: Best in Show for state government (newspapers of all sizes) for an examination of the fate of a neglected cemetery at a soon-to-be-closed state psychiatric hospital.
Washington-Baltimore News Guild Front Page Awards
• 2018: Second place in business reporting for a story about the turnaround of the former Sparrows Point steel mill into an industrial campus.
Chesapeake Associated Press Mark Twain Awards
• 2006: Outstanding Environment Story, for an article about the overlooked and imperiled Atlantic sturgeon.
University of Maryland, College Park: B.A. in journalism, 2000.
• Reporting intern at Gannett News Service and The Daily Times (Salisbury, MD).
• Reporter and editor for The Diamondback student newspaper.
• Earned honors citation from the Honors College.