Note: Since the start of my journalism career, I’ve followed the money. It’s led me to several different stories — from lagging substitute teacher pay to a sheriff’s department’s decision to eliminate a service that tracks gunshots.

Facing budget crunch, Sheriff’s Department ends contract with program that tracks gunshots

As states overhaul school funding, not everyone gains. Take New Jersey

In high-tax Upper Darby, school bills going up again. The district has plenty of company.

Eye on your dollar: Davis pays substitute teachers significantly less than other districts

CMC trustees hold off on Keck withdrawal due to inadequate fundraising, dean says (A1)


Note: It wasn’t until I interned at The Sacramento Bee that I really developed my crime reporting skills. As the sole night cops reporter for the paper, I went out to crime scenes, listened to the police scanner and obsessively checked the coroner’s website.

International and virtual kidnappings often go unreported. The FBI wants to change that

Search continues for driver after fiery crash in Del Paso Heights involving baby in car

7-year-old girl killed in apparent murder-suicide in Manayunk, police said

Sacramento Sheriff’s deputy arrested on suspicion of having sex with minor, police say

Man killed in Fair Oaks house party shooting identified as Sierra College football player


Note: In addition to covering school funding, I enjoy talking with local residents about topics that are important to them and finding unique angles for my stories.

Elementary school in Arden Arcade unveils new two-story building in $50-million project

Pride weekend culminates with parade, festival and protests against police presence (A1)

City says scene of Kensington junkyard fire cited multiple times, owners taken to court

Concerns raised over dog owners ignoring leash laws (A1)

Paradise and Oroville in the dark as PG&E shuts off power in some Sierra foothill areas


Note: In college, I’ve broke news for my student newspaper, delicately covered multiple student deaths and reported on other issues affecting students.

Student found dead in Claremont McKenna College dorm room

Claremont McKenna College mourns loss of two students with candlelit vigil (A1)

CMC to withdraw from Keck Science Department, create own department (A1)

Scripps Over-Enrollment Forces 38 to CGU Apartments