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 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 at the age of 23. My 50-minute documentary, Live or Failure, premiered at Kansas City FilmFestival International in April. It was a part of the REEL Recovery Film Festival in Los Angeles and New York, and will screen at the longest running women's film festival in North America, the Rocky Mountains Women Film Festival, in mid-November.
While making my film, I worked at Newsy where I researched daily news content, wrote scripts and edited video for digital and cable platforms. I also produced afternoon and evening newscasts as producer at KOMU-TV and oversaw nightly newscasts as an executive producer.
Honestly, I made Live or Failure to help myself. And now that it exists, I hope it'll help someone else.
If you’d like to set up a screening and a Q+A with the director (that’s me), shoot me an email or give me a call.