Currently spending several months in Phoenix covering politics, government and other news for the Associated Press.
Previously, I lived and worked in Los Angeles. I covered hearings and trials at state and federal courts in addition to other litigation and legal industry news for Law360, a paywalled news site for lawyers and law firms.
My reporting strengths include diving into complex issues, including unwieldy litigation and controversial legislation, with nuance and primary-source data as my guides. But my experience on the ground is as crackerjack as they come: I’ve covered political campaigns from start to finish, filed breaking news from crime scenes, and explored scenes as varied as airfields, mountains, vacant lots, museum archives and highway construction sites in efforts to tell a complete and vivid story.
Prior to moving to Los Angeles, I spent four years covering government and politics in Pennsylvania. I worked at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, where I covered transportation and urban policy — plus state election cycles in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
I also tracked the run-up to the state legalizing medical marijuana with a series of stories about the grassroots lobbying efforts, largely led by the parents of sick children and other patients, and the science behind the plant.
Before exploring Pittsburgh, I covered the Pennsylvania legislature and Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration for a now-defunct news website called PA Independent. There, I was a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents Association, the nation’s oldest press corps.
I enjoy telling stories about the intersection of government and 21st century American life, where it both collides and succeeds. I’ve also written music and entertainment stories for various publications, nd served as the occasional guest on talk radio or public affairs broadcasts.
Since 2008 I’ve maintained a music blog called Learning Love Songs. I mostly write about whatever I’m listening to and why I think it’s good — whether it’s new music, old music, or new-to-me music.
I grew up in Rochester, N.Y., where I studied ballet for six years at Western New York Ballet. From there, I attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. I spent most of my college career working at the independent student newspaper, The Daily Orange. I graduated in 2010 with a degree in newspaper journalism, along with concentrations in music history and political science, which involved reading lots of great books and listening to lots of orchestras.
I landed my first journalism job as a staff writer at The Daily Messenger in the picturesque Finger Lakes region. Canandaigua City Hall, the courthouse across the street, and the public works building quickly became my favorite places to find stories and talk to sources. Then I found a position as an assignment editor and associate producer at Rochester’s NBC affiliate, WHEC, before moving to Pennsylvania and sharpening my political study.
I like to take long walks with headphones, read books, practice yoga, and play guitar. I live with two cats, Furball and Anja.(Website photography courtesy of Jennifer Lynn Morse)