Born and raised in Huntley, I've watched the small town grow from a population of barely a couple thousand to more than 20,000 people. But no matter how big Huntley becomes, I believe it will always be the "Friendly Village with a Country Charm."
Whether it’s grabbing a bite to eat at Dairy Mart, taking a walk in Deicke Park, or just reading a book at the library, I really enjoy spending my time in Huntley and the surrounding areas. I am excited to be a part of the Patch team.
Before coming to work for Patch, I worked as a reporter, anchor, and web editor at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Mo. for three years.
I started my journalism career back in high school as the feature editor for Huntley High School's award winning newspaper "The Voice." After that I became a staff writer for University of Missouri's campus newspaper "The Maneater."
In 2009, I worked as a web intern for WMAQ-TV in Chicago, Ill. (NBCChicago.com) and as a news intern at WREX-TV in Rockford, Ill. I was also a reporter for the NPR affiliate KBIA in Columbia, Mo. I moved on to work as a news intern at WNDU-TV in South Bend, Ind. in 2010.
In 2011, I served as a multimedia journalist/writer for Newsy.com, an online video news site that analyzes the way other media outlets cover the news. While working there Newsy's iPhone and iPad app beat out CNN and Flipboard to win the 2011 Appy Award for news.
I graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in psychology from the University of Missouri in May 2011. While there I worked as a broadcast lab teacher's assistant and as a Missouri School of Journalism Ambassador.
I am a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists [AHCJ] and Radio and Television Digital News Association [RTDNA].
Whether it’s covering a local debate, the latest fundraiser in town, or an in-depth investigation, I’m an aggressive reporter with a yearn to learn about everything going on in my community. I fight hard to get the tough questions answered so I can serve as the public watchdog for my community.
I love soccer, basketball, skateboarding, traveling, photography, video editing, reading, writing and meeting new people.
I'm always looking for new story ideas. If you'd like to share one with me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.