In the weeks after Hurricane Sandy, I managed teams of volunteers distributing food and supplies in communities affected by the storm. I met Lopez, a police officer in Buffalo who took his two weeks’ vacation to lead a National Guard unit in the Rockaways. I met Maryann, a mother of two displaced from her home who now needed permanent housing and medical care for her son with cerebral palsy.

I am studying at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism to learn how to tell these people’s stories, and to learn how to make sure others listen.

My beat is the South Bronx, and I’ve loved producing and editing compelling neighborhood pieces for radio, print and the Web. So far my work has appeared in Gotham Schools and in City Limits’ Bronx Bureau, with more to come. My focus is on business and economics reporting, and I enjoy putting a human face on the realities of inequality and job insecurity.

I graduated in 2009 from New York University with a degree in English. Since then, I’ve worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and at New York Cares, the city’s largest volunteering organization. When I’m not making journalism you can find me singing, riding my bike or playing Radiohead songs on the ukulele.