1215 K Street, Suite 1750
Sacramento, California 95814
Los Angeles Times, Sacramento, California
Reporter, June 2016-Present
Cover California state politics and policy with an eye toward criminal justice and cybersecurity issues.
Austin American-Statesman, Austin, Texas
Reporter, November 2011-May 2016
Covered state and federal courts in the Texas capital. Dissected the inner workings of Los Zetas, the deadliest criminal organization in Mexico, through more than a dozen daily and enterprise stories on the money laundering trial of five businessmen. Analyzed the compensation fees and caseloads of the top paid lawyers in Travis County amid a push by state judges to reshape indigent defense services. Broke stories on several high-profile cases, including news of an indictment against three men charged with bribing a federal judge. Co-led efforts to create a homicide database to track suspects and better capture the stories of victims citywide.
San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio, Texas
Night crime reporter, January 2011-November 2011
Covered crime and breaking news, routinely filing web updates from scenes. Traveled to Mexico City and along the U.S.-Mexico border for a project examining the effect of the Mexican government’s decision to extradite drug cartel leaders to the United States. Wrote about an inmate who intentionally burned a house down so that he could go back to prison for a broader story on recidivism rates.
The Brownsville Herald, Brownsville, Texas
General assignment reporter, September 2009-December 2010
Covered crime, courts, immigration and education in this border city at the southern tip of Texas. First to report that border residents were accusing the U.S. State Department of detaining them for hours at international points of entry because of a birth certificate dispute. Exposed the move by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport parents with chronically sick children, despite guidelines granting them exemptions. Covered the flight of Mexican citizens to Texas to escape the violent drug war back home. Filled in as night city editor on occasion.
Texas Monthly Magazine, The Texas Observer, Texas Co-op Power Magazine, San Antonio Magazine
Freelancer, September 2009-Present
Contributor to several monthly publications. Wrote a 2,500-word article on Mexican-Americans detained for hours at U. S. ports of entry because of a dispute over citizenship; a 2,200-word profile on a sheriff deputy whose husband was fatally shot in an ambush; and a 2,000-word feature story on stellar young chess players from one of the poorest regions in Texas.
Internships: The Boston Globe (summer 2009), Texas Monthly (spring 2009),
Austin American-Statesman (fall 2008), The Brownsville Herald (summer 2008)
The University of Texas at Austin
Graduated May 2009
Bachelor of Arts in journalism
Study Abroad: London (summer 2007) and Prague (summer 2006); created Abroadly Speaking, a magazine to boost diversity in UT study-abroad programs (2005-2009)
LANGUAGES AND SKILLS
Fluent in Spanish; Excel; Final Cut Pro; InDesign; Illustrator; Photoshop
Loyola Journalist Law School 2013 Fellow, national award
Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America 2011 Fellow, national award
Scripps Howard Foundation 2008 Top Ten College Journalists, national award
Texas Associated Press Managing Editors 2008 Buster Haas Scholarship