I am not your average journalist. While the majority of my professional experience is as both a print and broadcast journalist, I began as an artist. At Fordham University, I earned my undergraduate degree in Visual Arts with a concentration in photography and visual media.
Over the past five years, I have worked as a part-time crime reporter for a newspaper in Mesa, Ariz., and as a community organizer in the Bronx. I have interned at ABCNews.com and CNN as well as for the Phoenix New Times, the Village Voice of Arizona. And I have learned the ins and outs of the European independent film world in Paris – in French.
I am driven by the pursuit of the truth; one of the most valuable professional experiences I’ve had to date was as an investigative reporter for the Carnegie-Knight Foundation’s News21 Initiative. I spent 10 weeks traveling back and forth to the U.S.-Mexican border, gathering the stories of immigrant women as they navigated the limbo of deportation.
Now at the Cronkite School, I have come to understand the invaluable connection between the two words “visual” and “journalism” – in broadcasting and online.
I think, at its heart, journalism is storytelling. And I haven’t yet failed to find a story to tell.
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