Experience

The Press Democrat

Criminal justice reporter | Sept. 2021 - July 2022

Lead coverage on local, county and state criminal justice issues, including policing, prosecution, incarceration, policymaking and community activism. Focus on analysis, investigative and public service storytelling while turning daily breaking news and enterprise stories. Manage multiple databases, including in-custody death, use of force, COVID-19 testing and vaccination data among first responder agencies, local members of extremist groups and others. Track and cover county, state and federal courts. Newsroom’s resident Excel, Tableau, and PRA wiz.

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SPJ NorCal San Quentin Journalism Course

Volunteer | Dec. 2021 - July 2021

Buzzfeed News, The Jacksonville Tributary

Freelancer | June 2021 – Sept. 2021

National Press Foundation Criminal Justice Reporting Fellowship

Fellow | 2021

The Arizona Republic

Breaking news intern | June 2020 - April 2021

Pitched, researched, reported and wrote breaking news, general assignment and daily enterprise stories. Led feature reporting on accountability and civil rights topics including policing, incarceration, COVID-19, racial justice protests and homelessness. Collaborated on data investigations into criminal justice issues. Provided photography and expertise in community, audience and social media engagement. Managed newsroom’s police shooting and in-custody death database through regular public records/FOIA requests and analyzed data in Excel and Tableau. Stories also ran on USAToday.com. Placed third in 2020 Arizona Press Club award for best statewide social issues reporting.

Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute

Research assistant | Jan. 2019 - June 2020

Assisted Director Clayborne Carson in research on the Civil Rights Movement era for premiere institutions on the subject. Responsibilities included traditional historical and archival research and documentation, as well as video, photo and audio editing of digital materials for World House Podcast and other multimedia projects. Drafted research findings to be included in latest edition of King Papers Project.

Stanford magazine

Correspondent | Feb. 2020 - Jan. 2021 

Interviewed Stanford alumni and wrote a column compiling their stories in the “class notes” section of Stanford magazine.

Law Office of Carol Sobel,
National Lawyers Guild LA

Legal intern | June 2019 - Aug. 2019

Interned at pro bono legal clinics for homeless people seeking counsel and representation for “quality of life” citations and conducted intake and interviews regarding these infraction cases. Also assisted with research, documentation and drafting of court motions for major class action civil rights cases.

Herodotus Journal

Editor | Oct. 2018 – April 2019

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

MINT Magazine

Writing director | Sept. 2018 - June 2019

Commissioned, edited and collaborated on essays to be published in internationally circulated student-run arts, culture and fashion magazine. Supervised cohort of writing interns. Authored original articles. Served as chief makeup artist on styling team during this time.

Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis

Research assistant | Jan. 2018 - Aug. 2018

Collaborated on the National Science Foundation-funded research project “Global Urbanization and its Discontents,” which examined the growth of cities worldwide and the production of displacement, vulnerability and inequality. Integrated expertise in traditional historical and archival research with data analysis in digital tools like ArcGIS, Tableau and Python.

Bill Lane Center for the American West

Editorial assistant | April 2018 - June 2018

Reported and published feature-length investigative story on migratory bees and California almonds and managed the Center’s blog, a compilation of environmental news throughout the American West.

I Know I Can Summer Academies

SAT Writing TA | April 2018 - June 2018

Assisted a college prep class with a summer program for Palestinian high school students at the Ramallah Friends School in the West Bank.

Jewish News of Greater Phoenix

Teen contributor | Summer 2016

Journalism That Matters

Evaluation team intern | Fall 2016

Skills

  • News-writing, AP style, crafting narratives that tell both robust and compelling human stories

  • Navigating local, state and federal agencies and their respective PRA/FOIA processes

  • Coupling social media with public records to uncover scoops and connect with hard-to-reach sources

  • Using data to inform and deepen understanding of the story

  • Learning tools quickly and using them to the story’s advantage, e.g. Tableau, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Premier Pro

  • Professional proficiency in Hebrew

Education

UCLA School of Law Present
M.L.S. in Public Interest/National Security Law
Dean's Journalism Scholarship recipient


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

Research

  • Herodotus Journal Spring 2018: Black-Jewish Jazz and its Vilification in the Early 20th Century

  • Jerry Anderson Prize for Best Undergraduate History Research Paper Spring 2020: "Anything but God's Children": The Nonviolent Resistance of Birmingham's Child Crusaders

Organizations

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Member

Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA) Member

National Press Foundation Criminal Justice Reporting Fellow

 Public Appearances

CalMatters College Journalism Conference Guest Speaker (2021)

Stanford Daily Summer Training 2021 Guest Speaker (2021)

University of Nevada Media Ethics Course Guest Speaker (2021)

Stanford University Reporting Course Guest Speaker (2021-22)

Scalawag Magazine Fellowship Guest Speaker (2022)