About me

As the political reporter of Florida's third-largest daily publication newspaper, I write at least one A1 story every week, covering everything from what my community needs to know for the 2020 presidential election to Tallahassee legislative sessions and the signing of presidential executive orders. I am also responsible for seeking out and pitching story ideas.


As a community reporter, I wrote articles daily for The Eagle's main publication, The Butler Eagle – Butler County's only daily publication – and Cranberry Township's weekly newspaper, The Cranberry Eagle. These articles varied from feature stories to spot news to court reporting. I was also responsible for taking photos while on assignment and producing at least one video package every month.

While in school, I worked as the managing editor of The Penn, IUP's student-run newspaper published twice-weekly. As a full-time student who graduated with a four-year degree in three years, I earned a minimum of 15 credits per semester, which included courses in journalism and public relations and my minor, human services. I was also employed part-time as a student worker on campus.

  • Adobe Programs

  • AP Style 

  • Campaigning

  • Critical Thinking

  • Editing

  • Event Planning

  • Feature Writing

  • Interviewing

  • Layout and Design

  • Leadership 

  • Microsoft Office

  • Public Speaking

  • Organization

  • Reporting

  • Research

  • Social Media 

  • Time Management

  • Writing

Political reporter

​The Villages Daily Sun

2019 – present

  • Pitch and produce national stories with a hyper-local angle

  • Write daily briefs about national, state and local politics

  • Attend live political events, including campaign stops, rallies, bill signings and club meetings

  • Interview state and local officials and community members

Editorial intern

One Idea Press

2019 – 2019

  • Read and edit manuscripts

  • Manage social media

  • Plan and attend branding meetings

Community reporter

​The Cranberry Eagle

2018 – 2019

  • Interview community members and officials

  • Write daily articles for variety of news, feature and crime stories

  • Attend school board, borough and township council meetings

  • Shoot photos for events and features

  • Package stories with video at least once monthly


Freelance reporter

The Herald-Standard

​2018 – 2018


  • Interview community members and officials

  • Write articles for variety of news and crime stories

  • Edit content

  • Shoot photos for events and features

Assorted positions

The Penn

​2015 – 2018

Managing Editor, August 2017 – May 2018

  • Managed and copyedit content for the newspaper, published twice weekly

  • Wrote editorial content on behalf of the newspaper

  • Used Adobe Indesign to paginate the Opinion page of the newspaper, its contributed articles, columns and cartoons

  • Managed employee records and payroll

  • Assisted with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to produce and publish content when necessary


News Editor, August 2016 – May 2017

  • Produced a twice-weekly paper

  • Edited stories in AP style

  • Used InDesign to lay out 4–10 pages per paper

  • Managed ~15 writers and assigned 6–12 stories per week

Lead News Writer January 2016 – May 2016 

  • Wrote news, culture and sports stories

  • Had at least one story published in every issue of twice-weekly publication

  • Pitched story ideas

  • Shot photos for events and features

  • Conducted interviews

Staff Writer September 2015 – January 2016

  • Wrote news, culture and sports stories

  • Covered golf and women's soccer and basketball beats

  • Pitched story ideas

  • Shot photos for events and features

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

​2015 – 2018


I graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations and a minor in human services in May 2018 in Indiana, Pa.



Wellsboro Area High School

​2011 – 2015


I graduated with my high school diploma from Wellsboro Area High School in 2015 in Wellsboro, Pa.

Honors, awards and organizations

The Daily Sun Leadership Academy

  • January 2020 – present

  • The Villages Daily Sun's six-month training and leadership course includes three hours of class time per week and outside assignments to better understand the skills needed to be an excellent leader and future manager in the newsroom.

The Daily Sun's Journalist of The Year: Human Interest Writer

  • Winter 2019

  • The Villages Daily Sun's in-house Journalist of The Year uses outside editors and industry professionals to judge five clips in one category. The 2019 Human Interest Writer award was earned through my investigative work on "The Poverty Project," an in-depth look at rural poverty in the backyard of one of Florida's richest counties.

Rising Women's Conference Scholarship

  • Spring 2019

  • A scholarship to attend the Rising Women's Conference on March 8, 2019, which was hosted by the Wild Rose Collective and featured women entrepreneurs and leaders speaking about their goals and accomplishments.

Pittsburgh Black Media Federation 

  • Spring 2018​

  • First Place in the Education category for a May 4, 2017 article titled "IUP Punxsutawney's racist past and present." ​

​2017 Student Keystone Press Award

  • Spring 2017​

  • The Penn staff won First Place in the Division I Ongoing News Coverage category for coverage of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) strike in October 2016. The staff published more than 20 articles about the strike from beginning to end. ​

    • Division I is made up of all four-year universities and colleges in Pennsylvania with an enrollment of 10,000 or more students, such as Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh.​

Toastmasters International

  • Fall 2016 – present

  • Toastmasters International is a U.S. 
    nonprofit educational organization
    comprised of international clubs
    with the purpose of helping
    members improve their 
    communication, public speaking 
    and leadership skills.​

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