I’m a reporter for The Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., a two-newspaper town of 41,000 people that’s never short on news or the competition to break it.

The city beat demands watchdog reporting, a strong network of sources and most importantly, the ability to tell a story.

I regularly request public records to find and strengthen stories and use computer-assisted reporting methods to analyze the information I find in them. Using SQL database managers and Microsoft Excel, I can crunch numbers and find hidden scoops in data to produce the type of enterprise stories readers expect.

I was born and raised in Atlanta and left the South to attend the University of Kansas, where I got my first journalism gig at the University Daily Kansan. I discovered my passion for investigative reporting here when I exposed a local restaurant owner who withheld thousands of dollars from his employees.

I then began working at the Lawrence Journal-World as a reporter and web producer until I graduated. I also freelanced for the Kansas City Star and wrote an award-winning piece on the life, violence and eventual arrest of a local drug trafficker connected to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico. After graduating, I spent a summer with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before joining The Citizens’ Voice in Sept. 2012.

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