I’m a student journalist from Davis, California, and a junior at Scripps College, in Claremont, California, studying politics. Since my start in journalism five years ago, I’ve untangled tricky aspects of school budgets for my readers, scooped professional media outlets with breaking news, carefully covered sensitive topics like sexual assault and murder and investigated Philadelphia’s lack of resources to properly regulate its plethora of junkyards.
From the beginning, I’ve always been interested in stories about money — how taxpayer money is being spent, who’s deciding how to spend it and whether that money could be better spent elsewhere.
In high school, I started a monthly column called “Eye on Your Dollar” to investigate various aspects of my school district’s budget. That column was part of my application for Journalist Education Association’s National High School Journalist of the Year competition, which I won in 2017.
In summer 2018, I continued passionately reporting on school funding as an intern in The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Power and Policy department. I spent three weeks on a story about endlessly rising school taxes in Philadelphia’s suburbs that ran on the front page.
This past summer, I took a break from school funding to try my hand at crime and breaking news reporting for The Sacramento Bee. But I couldn’t stay away from budgetary stories entirely. I worked as the sole night cops reporter, and in my spare time, wrote longer enterprise stories, including one about the local sheriff’s department’s decision to scale back its budget by eliminating software that tracks gunshots.
Currently, I’m the editor-in-chief of The Student Life, one of the student-run newspapers for The Claremont Colleges, and I’ll be studying abroad in London next semester.
On this website, I’ve compiled my best work from my career thus far. Enjoy.