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Open-Source Digital Investigations Research Assistant

Promise Institute for Human Rights, UCLA Law | Sept. 2022 - Present

Midterm Election Monitoring (Fall): Open-source (OSINT) research, writing, & data analysis on disinformation in the 2022 U.S. Midterm Election. Led research team analyzing the proliferation of viral videos about tabulator errors emerging from polls in Maricopa County on Election Day. Built database using Tweetdeck & Python to capture scope of videos’ spread & related data. Led writing of report & creation of online ArcGIS StoryMap package. Used Tweetdeck, SMAT, Crowdtangle & other tools for election live-monitoring.


Indigenous Land Defenders Investigation (Spring): Investigate human rights issues concerning indigenous peoples in Brazil using OSINT tools as part of research team partnering with international human rights group, Cultural Survival. Use Crowdtangle, SMAT, digital outlets, & social media platforms for data collection. Develop critical insights into the complexity of human rights issues facing the region. Co-author research reports as needed.


Completed University of California-Bellingcat OSINT intensive training.

Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reporter

The Press Democrat | Sept. 2021 - July 2022

Covered local, county, & state criminal justice issues, including policing, prosecution, incarceration, policymaking, community activism, & the court system (local, state, & federal). Focused on analysis, investigative & public service storytelling while turning daily breaking news & enterprise stories. Managed & utilized multiple databases, including in-custody deaths, use of force, local members of extremist groups, & others. Newsroom’s resident Excel, Tableau, & PRA whiz. National Press Foundation criminal justice reporting fellow.

Criminal Justice Reporting Fellow

National Press Foundation | 2021

Selected for NPF’s Criminal Justice Reporting in the Age of George Floyd Fellowship. Participated in conference on criminal justice reporting best practices, including interfacing with academic research & crime data analysis.


Breaking News Intern

The Arizona Republic | June 2020 - April 2021

Pitched & reported breaking news, general assignment, & enterprise stories. Feature reporting on accountability & civil rights topics including policing, incarceration, COVID-19, racial justice protests, & homelessness. Collaborated on criminal justice data investigations. Managed police shooting & in-custody death database through regular public records/FOIA requests & analyzed data in Excel & Tableau. Stories also ran on Placed third in 2020 Arizona Press Club award for best statewide social issues reporting.

Research Assistant

Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute | Jan. 2019 - June 2020

Historical & archival research on civil & human rights issues. Multimedia production for World House Podcast & other projects.

Writing Director

MINT Magazine | Sept. 2018 - June 2019

Commissioned & edited essays to be published in student arts, culture & fashion magazine. Supervised cohort of writing interns.


Herodotus Journal | Oct. 2018 – April 2019

Selected & edited original research papers to be published in the official journal of Stanford’s History Department.

Research Assistant

Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis | Jan. 2018 – Aug. 2018

Team member on “Global Urbanization and its Discontents,” digital project on growth of cities worldwide and related displacement.

Editorial Assistant

Bill Lane Center for the American West | April 2018 – June 2018

Reported & published feature on migratory bees and California almonds and managed the Center’s “…& the Best” wire-style blog.


SPJ NorCal San Quentin Prison Reporting Class | Dec. 2021 – July 2022

Legal Assistant

Law Office of Carol Sobel, National Lawyers Guild LA | June 2019 – Aug. 2019

Course TA

The American Empire in the Middle East, Prof. Joel Beinin (Stanford University) | Sept. 2018 – Dec. 2018

SAT Writing TA

I Know I Can Summer Academies (Ramallah, Palestine) | June 2017 – Aug. 2017



  • Open-source digital investigations (OSINT) tools & methodologies, including social media sourcing/research/storytelling, database building/management, data verification/analysis, geolocation, Tweetdeck, Crowdtangle, ArcGIS, Tableau, Excel, Python (beginner), etc.

  • Telling robust & human stories that elucidate broader histories, patterns, & issues

  • Expert writing and communication, drafting ready-to-publish deliverables & reports, editing, AP style, Bluebook

  • Independent initiative, enthusiastic teamwork

  • Navigating local, state, & federal agencies & their respective public records (FOIA, CPRA, etc.) processes

  • Prioritizing accuracy, compassion, humility, & community relationships

  • Languages: Hebrew (advanced), Arabic – MSA, Shami (intermediate)


UCLA School of Law Present
M.L.S. | Dean's Journalism Scholarship | GPA: 3.99/4.0

Stanford University Nov. 2020 
B.A. in History | Minor in Digital Humanities | Award of Excellence 2020 | GPA: 3.96/4.0

Awards and Recognitions

  • UCLA MLS Dean’s Journalism Scholarship, 2022

  • National Press Foundation Criminal Justice Reporting George Floyd Fellowship, 2021

  • Arizona Press Club Award for Best Statewide Social Issues Reporting, 3rd place, 2020 

  • Jerry Anderson Prize for Best Undergraduate History Research Paper, Spring 2020 

  • Stanford University Award of Excellence, 2020

  • Harry Press Stanford Daily Award, 2020

Public Speaking

  • Stanford University Journalism 101 Course Guest Speaker, 2021-2022

  • Stanford Daily Summer Training Guest Speaker, 2021-2022

  • Scalawag Magazine Fellowship Guest Speaker, 2022

  • CalMatters College Journalism Conference Guest Speaker, 2021

  • Stanford Daily Summer Training Guest Speaker, 2021

  • University of Nevada, Reno Media Ethics Course Guest Speaker, 2021

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