Investigations

They rent Airbnbs to party. In suburban Sacramento, good times have turned violent (A1)

Note: Another journalist and I stumbled onto this story after reporting on a shooting at an airbnb party in a Sacramento suburb. We started looking into it more and found three separate incidents that occurred in the region within two months. We talked with experts and found that social media was a large contributor to the violence, as it brought strangers to the parties.

(Published on SacBee.com on July 28, 2019 and in print)


Philadelphia’s junkyards are a dumpster fire (A1)

Note: I pitched this investigation after writing a series of articles about one particular problematic junkyard. During an interview for one of those stories, my source said “you know, it’s not just this junkyard that’s the problem.” That prompted me to dig deeper into the issue, and I found that all but four of the 40-plus junkyards had racked up several violations.

(Published in the Aug. 7, 2018 edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer and online)


Homeowners may hate them, however property taxes aren’t going anywhere … but up (A1)

Note: I collected and analyzed information from 60 different school districts in four counties and attended three school board meetings for this story. I found that taxes had been on the rise for the past 10 years and were forcing people out of their homes. The article garnered over 13,000 page views and nearly 50 comments on Philly.com, all about taxes.

(Published in the July 11, 2018 print edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer and online)


Teachers in high demand, but Davis salaries continue to lag (A1)

Note: This 3,000 word story is a result of the question: Why doesn’t my math teacher have a teaching credential? After asking the question, I spent four months with another student journalist interviewing teachers and district employees, researching other schools’ teacher compensation and gaining a basic understanding of district-provided health care benefits.

(Published in the Aug. 24, 2016 edition of The Davis Enterprise and online)