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I’m a writer and communicator, who has worked a wide variety of jobs over the years. I recently worked as a reporter and copy editor for the Mankato Free Press, a daily newspaper in Mankato, Minnesota. I covered topics from a rise in speeding tickets issued during the pandemic to the hype around Little Free Libraries. When I’m not writing, I am usually outdoors. Summer of 2020 I helped preserve prairies in Minnesota state parks and treat invasive species for the Conservation Corps, a program with Americorp.
I’m a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, earning a bachelor of arts in Journalism with a minor in Psychology in May 2020. I was a scrappy student journalist at the Minnesota Daily newspaper while in school. There I held a variety of roles including editor, reporter and podcast producer. I created a newsroom data visualization style and ethics guide and covered numerous beats including campus administration, city and student government. As a reporter I enjoy writing about topics such as mental health, environmental justice and climate change. I even created an environment beat at the Minnesota Daily. My other experience includes working as a student data intern for the Star Tribune and intern for the Pioneer Press and Marshall Independent newspapers. My byline appears in publications and media organizations including the Star Tribune, Seattle Times, Pioneer Press, Associated Press, and U.S. World and News Report, among others.
While I was born and raised in the Midwest, I spent my summers during college living and working in small towns around Alaska. I also lived in Athens, Greece (and ate lots of bread and olive oil) for five months through a university exchange program.
In my free time, I am a book worm, podcast enthusiast, and outdoor adventurer. I’m a certified scuba diver and have also run several half and one full marathon.