As a journalist, you never know what each day will bring. My reporting has brought me to small towns in Sierra Leone and Appalachian Ohio as well as the resort towns of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. Journalism has brought me in contact with an incredibly diverse group of people (and a baby rhino!) and has given me a front row view of huge cultural events such as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Women's March. For that, I'll always consider myself lucky.
Meeting a baby rhino at The Wilds
One of my first assignments as a reporter with the Zanesville Times Recorder involved meeting a baby rhinoceros that had just been born at The Wilds in Zanesville, Ohio. It liked having its belly rubbed with a push broom.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2016
Covering the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2016 was some of the most fun I've ever had, on or off the job. Not only were there amazing performances by artists such as Sia and The Heavy, I got to take in some beautiful art.
Counting endangered pupfish at Devils Hole
Devils Hole Pupfish are some of the most endangered animals in the world, and the National Park Service scientists who dive deep into the watery cavern every year to count these fish think they may hold secrets of climate change and genetics. I accompanied these scientists on their Fall 2016 trip for The Desert Sun and had a great time learning more about these important studies.
Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival
Flowers bloom at the annual Coachella Valley Wildflower Festival in March 2016 at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center. Covering this event for The Desert Sun gave me a chance to practice my wildlife photography skills.
Covering polo at the Empire Polo Club
When it's not being used as the site of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio's Empire Polo Club hosts weekly games. During my time at The Desert Sun, I've not only written polo season previews, I've also attended quite a few games on my own.
Zanesville firefighters rescue kitten from drainpipe
Sometimes, even the smallest story can make for great news. I remember rushing out to this call during my time at the Zanesville Times Recorder after hearing about a kitten stuck in a drainpipe. Luckily, the firefighters were able to rescue the cat, and the couple who heard its small meows first decided to adopt it as their own. They let me take a picture with it first, though!
Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival
Hovering above Cathedral City Hall certainly gives a reporter new perspective on the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival!
Miniature horse brings smiles to Christmas crowd
I ran into this mini therapy horse while covering Well in the Desert's annual Christmas meal for The Desert Sun in 2015. Judging by the look on everyone's faces, his presence made the holiday extra special.