I inherited a deep love of words, language, maps and storytelling from both sides of my family. I moved frequently for my first five years before settling down in Lawrence, Kansas. There, I survived junior high school and later completed a double major in Political Science and International Studies at the University of Kansas.
Studying Political Science taught me flexibility of perspective, especially with an international focus including Africa and the Middle East. Political Science also showed me new structures for balancing the needs, demands, and resources of a society. It proved how vital information its to decision-making processes, both for leaders and voters. International case studies gave grounding to the theoretical knowledge.
Curiosity and a broadly dispersed family led to a passion for travel, while opportunities like study abroad helped broaden my horizons. I am someone who wants to go to new places myself and be a part of bringing back stories that include sights, sounds, smells and tastes.
In July 2009, I moved to Phoenix to obtain a Masters in Journalism and Mass Communications at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism…which led, among other things, to the creation of this blog. I hope to combine my interests, skills, and training for collecting multimedia and telling diverse stories.
You can check out more of my work here at my portfolio.