Birmingham, AL, United States
As an editor, I’ve assigned stories to a broad base of freelance reporters and assisted in the reporting and editing of their work. Additionally, I’ve crafted and overseen organizational practices for a weekly newspaper, helping to firmly plant the publication among a devoted readership—with tens of thousands of monthly readers. I’ve edited for a variety of style guides and audiences, and I am adept at refining content.
As a reporter, I’ve covered stories across vast topics for glossies, newspapers and blogs. I’ve reported and edited stories related to music, art and culture, education, human rights, gentrification, LGBTQ issues, health care, business, politics—you get the idea. I’ve interviewed everyone from specialists (like world-renowned HIV researcher, Dr. James Raper) to esteemed artists (like David Sedaris) to hometown heroes (like the mystical Joe Minter) to unknown locals (there’s no point name dropping here, really). I take every interview seriously and work hard to honor those willing to share their stories. Those genes I mentioned earlier have helped me make sense of dense scientific reports, wild legalese and political hullabaloo only possible in Alabama.
In 2013, I was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for my coverage of trends in closing Girl Scout camps. My article For the Girls? helped spark a national examination of the organization’s financial troubles.
In addition to reporting, I’ve worked as an educator, coordinator and communications leader for a number of non-profit organizations, universities and public schools. Those experiences have all contributed to my ability to transform industry jargon into understandable content, to locate the core messages of organizational efforts and to work closely with a team to develop sustainable programming that truly serves the community.
Last year, I founded the Nitty Gritty Magic City Reading Series to bring writers to Birmingham for a night of literary entertainment.
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