A LITTLE ABOUT ME
I tell stories for a living. The process of making a deeply personal film saved me from disease and addiction at a time they could have taken my life. I'm alive today to create engaging stories filled with so much empathy and advocate for others along the way. Before turning to marketing, I spent years working in journalism, specifically for investigative units in D.C., New York, Michigan and Missouri.
(Also a Gemini)
AND A LOT MORE...
I earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri. Throughout my time there, I worked in the newsrooms of KOMU-TV, WXYZ-TV and the Scripps Washington Bureau. The Missouri School of Journalism awarded me the David Kaplan Memorial Fellowship at the ABC News D.C. bureau and a $10,000 scholarship. After graduation, ABC News gave me the opportunity to spend time in New York with the Brian Ross investigative unit.
I spent the run-up to the 2016 presidential election as a news associate in CNN's D.C. bureau. I witnessed election night from the main control room, field produced at Dulles International Airport after a stay was implemented on President Trump’s travel ban and assisted producers when James Comey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. I also spent time on the assignment desk, conducted research for the executive director of political programming and made graphics for Inside Politics with John King.
I was then an investigative associate producer at WJLA-TV, the local ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. I produced a weekly show and assisted investigative reporters with researching and packaging stories.
I started making a film when my liver started to fail. To financially support myself in post-production, I produced afternoon and evening newscasts as a producer at KOMU-TV and oversaw nightly newscasts as an executive producer. Additionally, I worked at Newsy, where I researched daily news content, wrote scripts and edited video for digital and cable platforms.
The 50-minute documentary I directed, produced and edited about my own health crisis (with the help of my friend, former professor and co-producer who happens to be the director of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism), Live or Failure, premiered at the Kansas City FilmFestival International. It was part of the REEL Recovery Film Festival in Los Angeles and New York, and the longest running women's film festival in North America, the Rocky Mountains Women Film Festival. This was an incredibly healing project, and the film is now being used as a resource by others who struggle with substance use disorders.
Today, I’m on a marketing team of a tech company. While my main focus is content creation, I also assist with strategy and serve as the PR function of our team, writing press releases and pitching our company to news outlets.