I'm a reporter at Stateline, a news service and journalism project of The Pew Charitable Trusts that covers state policy. As a demographics reporter, I write about population trends as they relate to policy. My stories take an in-depth look at topics of national importance such as immigration, race, homelessness, veterans, poverty and the environment. The job takes me traveling to all 50 states.
I've been a journalist for about a decade, writing mainly about government, education and business. My work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, PBS News Hour, The Guardian, Governing, L.A. Times and other Tribune (Tronc) papers, and many other state and local newspapers. I was a 2016-2017 National Press Foundation fellow and a 2015 CUNY Ravitch Fiscal Reporting fellow.
Before joining Stateline, I was a reporter at The Frederick News-Post, a daily paper in Maryland, where I covered state, county and city politics and government. Prior to that, I was an education reporter at The Gazette, a now-defunct weekly paper in the D.C. suburbs. During my five years at the papers, I won numerous regional press awards.
Born and raised in Phoenix, I grew up cooling off in the pool and going on long runs along dusty canals in the desert. Either that, or curled up with a good book or my diary. I started writing for local media while getting my bachelor's degree in journalism at Arizona State University's Cronkite School. I graduated in 2009 with an appreciation for journalism ethics, investigative reporting and narrative writing.
I live just outside the Capital Beltway with my husband and our rescue pup, Charlie Bacon Puppers. You can find us outdoors - running, biking, hiking or camping.