I have spent most of my life sticking my nose where some people think it doesn't belong. In the process I seek to shine light on the dark places of secrecy in our society and economy and at the same time, hopefully, help people to help themselves and others.
I feel an innate obsession with finding and telling good stories while covering everything from education to business to police issues and race and diversity, I also have been a columnist and have supervised reporters. My specialties include delving into documents and databases. And I have written about health care, retail, marketing, tourism, faith issues, social issues, economics, insurance and consumer affairs.
My strength is reporting and writing enterprise story packages for print and digital. I use existing databases — and create my own — to break news, provide analyses and help readers interact and check up on schools online.
With billions of dollars — and students’ futures — at stake, journalists like me must hold schools and their leaders accountable, while illuminating the financial and political connections behind much of today’s education policies and reforms. For me, it’s a mission to bring our community into the classrooms.
My background in brief
I covered Business news for 18 years after majoring in Journalism and with a minor in Economics from Northwestern University. Business writing was my first love as it allowed me to discover and report my own findings. I covered a variety of industries and companies while at The Orlando Sentinel, The Detroit News, The St. Petersburg Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. I quite literally chased down a Kmart CEO during a black-tie affair after a crucial board meeting; I’ve also been chased around an office by an angry executive trying to get my notebook after my questions about his use of company funds. I lived among and told the stories of the people in a small Florida town where the only plant was closing, forcing generations of workers back into the sugar-cane fields.
As an editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, I led the crime and courts team and made a difference in the community by telling the toughest stories in print and digital.
At The Cincinnati Enquirer, I led the Kentucky bureau and a Metro team of reporters. As a columnist I often challenged community and business leaders, sometimes about about some unwise economic development decisions. I was right. And, I covered education and brought to light not only the triumphs but the startling inequities and deficiencies in our schools.
And at The Florida Times-Union, I elevated the coverage of education by focusing on the people behind the scenes as opposed to those clamoring for attention. I was a fixture at twice- and sometimes thrice-weekly school board meetings, and brought to light their sometimes disjointed thought processes.
For many more details and samples, please continue your journey through my career website.
Reporter, recruiter and editor at the Daily Northwestern. Worked part-time at TriQuarterly Magazine.
University of Missouri Davenport Business Journalism Fellowship
At home on the national stage
Recipient of a 2018 fellowship to attend an intensive data institute for journalism, visuals and website training in New York City via ProPublica and the Ida B. Wells Society, which is committed to growing the ranks of minority investigative journalists.
Best Beat Reporting — Minority Issues 2016 Sunshine State Awards
In 2017, I was recognized for my continuing commitment to diversity issues in Education. The award was presented as part of the annual competition organized by the Florida Pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, a national organization “dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.” The Florida Times-Union competed alongside the largest daily newspapers in Florida including the Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Times and Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale.
Best Education Writing 2015 Florida Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism