I’m a Philadelphia-based journalist, currently working full-time as an environmental/investigative reporter for Calkins Media.
This family-owned news company publishes three newspapers in the city’s suburban Bucks (Pa.) and Burlington (N.J.) counties. My reporting appears in three papers with a combined circulation of approximately 100,000: The Bucks County Courier Times (Levittown, Pa.), The Intelligencer (Doylestown, Pa.) and The Burlington County Times.
My work includes an ongoing investigative series on contamination of local drinking water supplies by unregulated chemicals. The series, “Unwell Water,” won first place for investigative reporting statewide in the Pennsylvania News Media Association’s 2017 Keystone Press Awards, first place for investigative reporting in the 2016 Pennsylvania Associated Press Newspaper contest, and first place for environmental reporting in the 2017 Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association contest. The series also triggered action by a slew of local, state, and federal officials, including Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and both of the state’s sitting U.S. Senators. Click the following links to hear me discuss the series on WHYY’s Newsworks Tonight: 3/10/16 & 5/20/16.
Other investigations have informed readers on issues of air pollution, environmental injustice, the levels of lead and chromium-6 in their drinking water, as well as the dangers posed by oil trains traversing their communities. I also provide regular reporting on the proposed PennEast natural gas pipeline and proposed Elcon hazardous waste treatment center, and have contributed freelance environmental reporting for a number of regional publications.
I also work as a freelance writer for clients in journalism, marketing, and higher education. My byline has appeared in publications including Thought Catalog and Philadelphia magazine, and I have completed work for brands such as the Philadelphia Phillies, Ford Motor Company, and Temple University.
I grew up outside Reading, Pa. in a family of four teachers (including one very influential English specialist). Values of truth, honesty, and fairness were instilled early and often. Summers were often spent reveling in Pennsylvania’s natural wonders; camping, sailing, riding bikes, fishing, exploring. A career using words to inform others about our natural world and protect it from unnecessary harm couldn’t be more fitting.