I’m a journalist and generally curious human being, currently reporting on city and state news for the San Antonio Current I’m drawn to stories that illustrate civil rights issues, cut through political jargon, and challenge readers’ preconceptions. 13886358_1016299295105796_6054861032119784466_n

I grew up among the redwoods in the tiny coastal town of Arcata, California and studied journalism at the University of Oregon. As a student, I worked as a reporter for the school paper (the Daily Emerald) and a small-town daily in rural Pendleton, Oregon (the East Oregonian). I also interned at the local weekly rag (the Eugene Weekly). After graduating in 2011, I worked as a reporter in Portland, Oregon covering homelessness, social movements (read: muddy all-nighters with Occupy Portland protesters), and environmental issues for the Portland Mercury and Street Roots. In 2015, I moved to Washington, D.C. for a fellowship with the Atlantic — and eventually landed at ThinkProgress as a national reporter on public health. While in D.C., I also wrote a few pieces on the city’s criminal justice system for the weekly Washington City Paper.

I’ve since returned to the solace of an alt-weekly newsroom (fleeing D.C. months before the 2016 Presidential election), just in time to cover the rollercoaster that is the Texas state legislature. From immigration raids to anti-abortion crusades — I’ve tackled a dizzying number of issues that affect the diverse community packed into San Antonio’s metro region.

I spend my spare time biking aimlessly, drawing people, teaching literacy classes, devouring historical nonfiction, installing public art pieces, exploring the wild Texas outdoors, doing crossword puzzles, and learning about the community I live in.