Work Portfolio



Writing/Radio:

ABC15/PolitiFact Arizona - I fact-checked politicians for both broadcast and online for ABC15 and PolitiFact in Phoenix during the 2016 election.

My PolitiFact Arizona author page

Florida Keys Keynoter - I covered the city of Key West for the Florida Keys Keynoter, McClatchy's newspaper in the Keys, from October 2014 to mid-January of 2016.

Fear and uncertainty gripped Keys family detained in Turkmenistan - 10/4/15
In the shadow of Key West, change ahead for a neighboring island - 08/16/15
Neighbors of alleged want-to-be Islamic State terrorist shocked by arrest - 07/29/15

The New York Times - I started freelancing for The New York Times in May 2012. I have contributed to news stories and covered college sports. 

Miami's Johnson, a Star Running Back, Breaks Out From the Backyard - 11/01/13 (Ran in B8 next day)
With a Bill Now in the Senate, Immigrants Weigh the Possible Impact - 04/17/13 (Print contribution, ran in 15A next day)
Florida Gulf Coast Point Guard Takes Turn in Spotlight - 03/26/13
At Florida Gulf Coast, Party Extends Beyond the Beach - 03/23/13

News21 - I reported on education benefits for post-9/11 veterans for more than eight months as part of News21, a national reporting project based out of Arizona State University. Voice of San Diego, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, Iowa Watch and The Center for Public Integrity, as well as several other news outlets, all published content I worked on. 

The original News21 stories are below:



Knight Foundation - I spent the summer of 2014 at Knight Foundation reporting on the indirect costs of university research.

Indirect costs obscure of the price tag of university research - 10/28/14
Taking a Hard Look at University Research - 10/20/14

USA Today College - I was a Spring 2013 collegiate correspondent for USA Today College.

No football team, but many champions at Barry University - 01/14/13
Did CNN editor cross the line with tweet to Lone Star student? - 01/23/13
App-development classes offer glimpse at careers - 01/28/13
'Super' coverage for 6 student journalists - 02/04/13
Burger earns FIU student a tasty scholarship - 02/13/13
Video skills earn 6 students Oscars trip - 02/19/13
Half-court shots all the rage this season - 02/28/13
Zombies, demons part of curriculum at Lone Star College - 03/04/13
Owlcatraz? College stadium name stirs controversy - 03/11/13
University religion experts weigh in on Pope Francis - 03/14/13
UCF Tower 1 students reflect on what might have been - 03/25/13
Colleges cut ties with Adidas amid labor violations - 04/08/13

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune - In December 2013, I was a winter intern at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, covering college sports.


Miami Herald- I started freelancing for the Herald in June 2010. I have covered everything from breaking news to entertainment.

Omi: From Jamaica with love - 10/09/15

Nick Jonas talks about education, creativity and songwriting (video) - 10/02/15

Curtis Stone gets a taste of Key West - 08/13/15

As Haiti's mangroves dwindle, alternative cooking methods rise - 05/18/14 (ran on 1L same day)

Wish Book: Humbled by drugs, Homestead teenager needs career help, clothes - 01/01/14 (ran on 1B same day)

Pitbull: Never slow down - 12/27/13 (ran on 8A same day)

Naked beachgoers break skinny-dipping world record in Haulover Beach - 11/03/13

Party boat capsizes; 30 people tossed into Biscayne Bay - 10/13/13 (ran on 1B next day)


It's a new 'World' for Backstreet Boys - 08/24/13 (ran on 8A same day)


Anne Burrell juggles chefs, recipes - 08/14/13 (ran on 6A same day)


'Fruitvale Station' actress haunted by role - 07/25/13 (ran on 8A same day)

Sally Kellerman to be honored - 07/17/13 (ran on 8A same day)


Florida actor can take 'The Heat' - 06/29/13 (ran on 8A same day)


Salvaged goods from old buildings gaining in popularity - 06/16/13 (Ran on front of Home & Design section)


Chris Wedge talks directing 'Epic' - 05/24/13 (Ran on 8A same day)


Greta Gerwig talks secrecy, relationships in 'Frances Ha' - 05/19/13 (Ran on 8A same day)


Miami DJ featured on VH1 reality show - 05/06/13 (Ran on 8A same day)


After serious injury, Jason Derulo back in a big way - 05/05/13 (Ran on 8A same day)


Sailing the seas with 'Top Chef' - 04/29/13 (Ran on 8A same day, took both photos too.)


South Florida college students describe scene amid Boston chaos - 04/19/13

Florida man took photo of Boston bombing suspect - 04/19/13

New film from Edward James Olmos puts focus on family - 04/19/13 (Ran on 8A same day)


Family at center of mob drama 'Rogue' - 04/10/13 (Ran on 8A same day)



Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/29/3313793/misundestanding-over-fau-jesus.html#storylink=cp
'Croods' directors embrace change - 03/17/13 (Ran on 8A same day)


Cruise company partners with ArtCenter/South Florida - 03/11/13 (Ran in 1E on 3/12)


'Safe Haven' stars: Authenticity was key - 02/14/13 (Ran on 8A same day)


Watching history in the making - 01/25/13 (First op-ed, ran on 13A same day)



2 police officers hurt in chase - 12/08/12 (Ran on 5B same day)



Lights, camera, now action - 11/26/12 (First editorial, ran as lead editorial in print on same day.)


Christian Aguilar is laid to rest surrounded by family, friends and others touched by his life - 10/23/12 (Ran as the display on 1B)


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/23/3063350/mourners-pay-their-final-respects.html#storylink=cp

Craig Romney, Sen. Marco Rubio talk it up with FIU students - 10/12/12

Local journalist shoots documentary to accompany Tom Wolfe's new Miami novel (Ran on 3B) - 10/08/12



To promote new tax, Pets Trust advocate spends weekend in Miami-Dade shelter dog cage (Ran on 3B) - 10/06/12


Hispanic culture comes alive at Doral celebration (Ran on 3B) - 09/23/12


UM's Miami Project gets FDA approval for clinical paralysis trial 07/30/12 (Ran in 1B on 7/31)


Citizen volunteers seek out code violators 07/28/12 (Ran front page in 7/29's Home & Design section)


Surgery at Hollywood hospital restores girl's torn lip 07/06/12


Yard House rocks Gulfstream Park - 02/23/11


Hollywood festival celebrates Turkish culture - 12/10/10




Acclaimed pianist doesn't give up on visit - Nov. 2011


Becca's Closet opens doors for teens - 05/7/11

KJZZ - In August 2013, I interned for KJZZ, Phoenix's NPR station. I pitched and produced more than 30 stories for air. Topics included everything from ongoing wildfires to Sen. John McCain.


WLRN-Miami Herald News- From August 2011 through August 2012, I interned at WLRN-Miami Herald News. I started scanning business cards for my editor, but grew into a radio reporter - pitching and producing content for air.

NPR StateImpact Blog Post - After FCAT Testing Comes Field Trips - 05/01/12

CruiseCritic.com - After several unsuccessful pitches to Cruise Critic, I pitched a Q&A on a Food Network chef who was about to host a culinary-themed cruise. Persistence pays off. I have now covered multiple theme cruises, ranging from food to music.

Port Everglades Opens Updated, $24 Million Terminal - 01/08/15
Top 5 Reasons to Love a Thanksgiving Cruise - 12/2/14
Wining & Dining: Celebrity Cruise's Executive Chef Dishes on Top Chef and More - 03/12/14
"Top Chef" Tom Colicchio Talks Cruising - 07/08/13
Slideshow: Eating Our Way Through Top Chef: The Cruise - 05/31/13
Mountain Song at Sea: Bluegrass and Blustery Weather - 02/28/13
Get the Most Out of Your Theme Cruise - 02/20/13
Cookin' 'n' Cruisin': Four Questions for the Food Network's Daisy Martinez - 12/13/11

New Times Broward-Palm Beach - I stumbled upon New Times Broward-Palm Beach when I applied for their food critic position in November 2010 A couple weeks later, I drafted a sample food blog post for the editor in charge of the food blog, Clean Plate Charlie. I freelanced for the blog for about a year, before taking a spring 2012 internship with the photo department. In March 2014, I started freelancing for their news blog, The Daily Pulp.

My New Times Broward-Palm Beach author page

Miami.com - Often, MiamiHerald.com entertainment pieces will also run on Miami.com. Several have made it on the site so far. In January 2014, I started freelancing for Miami.com directly:

Recap: The Top 3 Highlights of Day 2 at Ultra 2015 - 3/29/15
House of Horror curdles with more frights (with video) - 9/29/14
Ikea Miami by the numbers - 08/20/14
Afrojack to give away club tracks on Soundcloud - 03/28/14
EDM on the high seas with Cedric Gervais (with video) - 03/28/14
Breaking down Eats & Beats in Miami's Design District - 02/24/14
Lean, mean cooking machine: Michelle Bernstein - 06/25/13
Boca Raton native Ariana Grande: lots going on - 06/17/13
Miramar's Jason Derulo talks recovery, new album - 05/05/13
Chatting with foodie Gail Simmons - 04/29/13

Redbook Magazine - I landed a winter web internship with Redbook during December 2012, producing online content and working on stories.

The 10 Best Fitness Apps for the New Year - 01/02/13

The New York Times Student Journalism Institute - From May 13 to May 28, I reported on breaking news, entertainment and sports from New Orleans. I amassed 12 bylines and two photo credits.


AskMen.com - My first ever magazine byline. When "Linsanity" started to grow, I saw it was the most searched topic on Google, so after a weekend pitch to AskMen.com, my story on his top 10 nicknames was approved and ran the following Monday.

Top 10 Jeremy Lin Sayings - 02/13/12

Outloud Multimedia - I started writing for Outloud, an entertainment focused news outlet in Coral Gables, in May 2010. I covered a mix of news and local concerts.

My Outloud author page

Examiner.com - I started writing Miami Heat game recaps for The Examiner in November 2010.

My Examiner.com author page

South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Teenlink South Florida - After attending the Florida Scholastic Press Association's 2010 convention in Tampa, I started a rigorous internship search and stumbled upon Teenlink. I covered a mix of press junkets and reviewed movies.


2011 Best Entertainment Writer Award

CBS Miami - This stemmed out of my Examiner position into a program called ACE. It allowed local Examiners to write for CBS Miami.

Best Burritos in Miami - 05/02/12
Best Artichoke Dip in Miami - 05/16/12

Video:
"Titanic" actor Billy Zane about his Art Basel exhibition, NOWNESS, at Hotel Victor on Miami Beach.
                           
At the 2013 Online News Association conference in Atlanta, minority journalists in leadership roles across the country shared their perspectives on diversity at a meet-up which attracted almost 100 attendees. 
Florida International University student Luciana Page won Red Robin's Savory Scholarship Contest, for her burger recipe, Korean Kalbi BBQ. In addition to a $10,000 scholarship, she served her burger at this year's South Beach Wine and Food Festival Feb. 22 and may have her burger appear on Red Robin's menu later this year.
The defending NBA champion Miami Heat finally made their celebratory trip to The White House January 28, 2013. President Barack Obama discussed last season's accomplishments in the East Room.
Photo and video coverage of Rombello, a four-day music cruise featuring artists such as Michael Franti & Spearhead, Citizen Cope and Slightly Stoopid hosted by Sixthman aboard the Carnival Inspiration from September 29 through October 3, 2011. 
From Fat Tuesday to Mr. Moe's, Miami Heat fans in Coconut Grove celebrated the franchise's second NBA championship over the Oklahoma City Thunder on June 22, 2012.
Video and photo coverage of VH1's Best Cruise Ever, featuring artists such as Train and The Script aboard the Carnival Inspiration from April 28 through May 2, 2011.
Video interview with Father Reginald Jean-Mary from the Notre Dame D'Haiti Catholic Church in Little Haiti during the six-month January 2010 Haiti earthquake mass. 

Conferences:

Online News Association - In October 2013, I attended the annual Online News Association conference in Atlanta as a member of the ONA 13' Student Newsroom. In addition to a video on newsroom diversity, I even interviewed WikiLeaks' spokesperson via Skype from Iceland.

My ONA 13' student newsroom author page

American Association for the Advancement of Science - In February 2013, I attended the annual AAAS meeting in Boston as a National Association of Science Writers undergraduate travel fellow. I wrote a story for nasw.org on citizen scientists from a session I attended during the conference.

Citizen scientists help analyze climate, past and present - 02/18/13

High school workshops:

University of Miami Montage 2010 Summer Workshop - This three week long journalism workshop had me work on all aspects of journalism, from writing to videos. While this was one of my first attempts at photograph, my video work/writing also improved in the process. Out of the 10 multimedia packages produced, I worked on six of them.

Writing her way out of the heartache - 07/23/10

University of Alabama Multicultural Journalism Workshop - For the first time in 28 years, UAMJW added a website component to their workshop. I created, edited and managed this page -- putting up stories, photos, hyperlinks and more. My story was one of the longer pieces I have written to  date -- a 783-word feature on journalists affected by the April 27 tornado that ravaged Tuscaloosa. I also won the Dow Jones News Fund's $1,000 scholarship for my multimedia work during the program.

Be the story: Journalists talk about personal tornado experiences - 06/26/11

Pittsburgh Black Media Federation Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop - In one week, I obtained two bylines and five photo credits, including the front page photo of one of Batman's vehicles from "The Dark Knight Rises," which filmed in downtown Pittsburgh. My primary story, a news article on PancreasFest 2011 -- a meeting of the best pancreas medical professionals from around the country, was an idea that spurred out of a welcome sign at Pittsburgh International Airport.

Medical researchers seek improved care for pancreatic diseases - 08/05/11