I knew that I wanted to tell stories when I was a teenager. I had always enjoyed writing short, fictional stories in grade school, middle and high school, but later in high school I discovered journalism.
I can picture the moment in my mind’s eye: I was sitting at our kitchen table, working on something (probably homework), and NPR was playing on the boombox on the windowsill behind me. I heard a story that made me stop what I was doing and just listen to it unfold. Many years later, I still remember how this story made me feel. I laughed. I cried. And I felt like I learned something after hearing that story. I knew that was an experience I wanted to create for others through my own storytelling.
Below are stories I have produced for NPR:
Foster Care System in West Virginia Struggles To Help Children During The Pandemic
Fish Return To A Mining County River
Halt To Mining Permit Draws Fire In Coal Country
Morgantown, WV, Bucks Unemployment Trend
Veterans Navigate Rapids After War Duty
Tension, Emotion Run High At Mine-Safety Meeting
The Untold History of Mother’s Day
These are a few television stories I reported on for West Virginia Public Television:
WV’s Ice Mountain Losing Its Reserve With Warming Temps
Jessica Lynch Reacts To The Story of Her Rescue