These days I produce and edit audio-first stories for radio and web at Illinois Public Media.

But I got my start flipping through the police blotter, reporting from late-night city council meetings and digging through public records for the benefit of local newspaper readers.

The throughline is storytelling.

Audio production.

At the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, I serve in a professional/academic crossover role that allows me to produce audio stories for Illinois Public Media while still working with journalism students in the College of Media. My production work includes spot news, multimedia features and podcast episodes designed to shine a light on racial inequities in the criminal justice system.


My early reporting career took me to newspapers and website publications in Missouri, Florida and New York City. I was a city bureau chief covering the cops, courts, and council, a lead education reporter recognized multiple times nationally for work covering one of the nation’s largest school systems, and a First Amendment writer for the Freedom Forum.

I’ve written hundreds of news stories. Here are a few.