National race and ethnicity writer

March 2020- present

Associated Press


  • A national writer position, covering race and how it intersects with politics, policing, criminal justice system, health and more.

  • Led AP’s coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic’s disparate impact on Black Americans, producing one of the industry’s first comprehensive looks at the toll of the virus.

  • Helped transform AP’s approach to race reporting, including how the wire covers race and politics.

  • Published several race and political scoops, as well as enterprise pieces.

April 2018-March 2020

Detroit Free Press

  • Pitched short-term, midterm and long investigative pieces/projects.

  • Co-authored a series of investigative stories that spurred investigations into Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s ties to a nonprofit’s director.

  • Wrote several investigative stories that spurred city legislation, Congressional inquiries and a federal audit.


April 2017 - April 2018

Detroit Free Press

  • Launched a series of ongoing investigative projects and stories into Detroit's demolition program, which is under federal investigation.

  • Led the Free Press' accountability reporting on how well city leadership and government is serving residents.

  • Report critical issues arising in the community.

  • Incorporated in-depth data analysis in quick turn enterprise projects, as well as longer term investigative reports.

  • Maintained a social networking presence to reach audiences across multiple platforms.


March 2014 - April 2017

​Detroit Free Press

  • Cover a variety of stories, crossing multiple beats including crime, federal courts, business, city hall and features.

  • Equipped with video and digital skills, including the use of a variety of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Periscope, Instagram and more.

  • Ranked as one of the paper’s top page view earners, with high engagement numbers among readers.

  • Led coverage of multiple nationally covered stories, including the landmark same-sex marriage decision, Flint water crisis, Detroit Public Schools corruption and the Kalamazoo, Mich. mass shooting.

  • Trained to use a variety of content sharing platforms and web analytic programs, such as Chartbeat and Adobe Analytics.

  •  Regularly sought out to offer expertise in television and radio appearances and community engagements.


June 2012 - March 2014

​The Ann Arbor News

  • Increased Ypsilanti page views more than 175 percent from June 2012 to June 2013, with comprehensive coverage encompassing business, education, crime, municipal and human interest stories.


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