Professional Experience

July 2018 to present: Reporter, WINK News. Previously worked as a resident reporter at WVVA in Bluefield, W.Va.; at ABC 7 Chicago as a news planning intern; at Dateline NBC as a story development intern; and at the Northwestern University's Medill Justice Project as a multimedia investigative reporter.

Awards & Recognition

Hearst Foundation Journalism Award for Enterprise Reporting.

Assistant produced 2-hour, Dateline episode hosted by Keith Morrison, “At the Bottom of the Pool,” aired Oct. 13, 2017.

Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society - lifelong membership exclusively for students in top 10 percent of their graduating class in journalism programs across the country.

National QuestBridge Scholar - awarded to the country's most talented, determined, and self-motivated students from low-income populations who demonstrate outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges.

News Philosophy

We consume news when we are gripped by the emotions making us all human — these are the stories that knock us off our feet. Tell the stories not easily seen that must be experienced through the emotions we all feel.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

Running and cycling! I love all of the fitness-inspired events South West Florida holds to benefit others.


Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, Magna Cum Laude.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

I am so grateful for the hundreds of days you can spend outdoors with friends and family.


Keystone Heights, Florida.

No decision made regarding the North Fort Myers mulch fire

Lee County and MW Horticulture faced off Tuesday in a hearing about what to do with the pile of burning mulch in North Fort Myers. The pile has been burning for days and neighbors are tired of the back and forth between the County and the family in charge of the recycling business. MORE: Who is […]

FMPD staffing audit recommends adding 61 more officers

The University of Cincinnati just released the results of their staffing study of the Fort Myers Police Department, and they say the FMPD doesn’t have enough officers to adequately police the city. Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs requested the study, and the results say the department should have at least 61 more officers for […]

Who is responsible for the mulch fire in North Fort Myers?

Neighbors are frustrated after spending a week of dealing with heavy smoke from a mulch fire near their homes. A fire sparked five days ago at a horticulture and recycling site. Kendyl Sasser says she doesn’t know who is responsible, but she is tired of the smoke and just wants the pile of burning debris […]

Lehigh Acres program offering help to those at risk of homelessness

A program in Lehigh Acres aims to save families from the living on the streets. The Lehigh Acres Community Services Center is offering homeless prevention assistance through Lee County’s Housing Development Corporation. One Fort Myers family who was living out of their car say thanks to the new program, they now have a home. “I’m […]

Bonita Springs man arrested for animal cruelty after allegedly shooting cat with an arrow

A Bonita Springs man was arrested after allegedly shooting his neighbor’s cat with an arrow, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said. A Bonita Springs woman called deputies after she found her cat with an arrow in it’s stomach. Detectives took over the investigation, and obtained a search warrant for her neighbor, Mark Barrett Hamel, 65. […]

Lack of oxygen in water cause of blue crabs washing up on beaches

More and more videos are surfacing all over the internet showing blue crabs in Southwest Florida washing ashore dead. Timothy Thompson posted a video to Facebook showing something he’s never seen in his 31 years in Naples. “You see dozens and dozens of them in the shallows that’s just not normal and then you see […]

Lee County students visit golf center to witness STEM learning first-hand

A group of students from Lee County High School visited the Alico Family Golf Course on Wednesday to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math. Students on the learning experience trip were able to see firsthand how the STEM learning they study in school can help in a career in Southwest Florida. At the Alico […]

Announcer makes Colin Kaepernick comment at Pop Warner football game

An announcer’s comments created divisiveness at a Pop Warner children’s sporting event The head football coach of the Tiny Mights team says the football game wasn’t the right time for the announcer to bash Colin Kaepernick. “Our announcer of over 12 years and head coach of the Junior peewee level made a comment about how […]

Local captains supporting “Adopt a Snook” program

Charter captains, hurt by the effects of algae and red tide, are joining forces to replenish the fish in our waterways. Charter Captain Dino brings visitors to the Gulf Straight showing them the best fishing spots for years. “All charter captains had their favorite fishing holes … now you say well nothings happening there’s little or […]

Red tide relapse hits Boca Grande

Many families were disappointed to find that red tide is back on Boca Grande Monday. Mote and Florida Fish and Wildlife’s most recent map shows that red tide concentrations are patchy with the highest concentrations near the Boca Grande Pier. Ed Johnson brought his family down from Ohio to enjoy what he remembers as one […]