For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to read and write. As a child growing up outside Reading, Pennsylvania, I’d devour spooky stories and fantasy novels and try my hand at writing a few of my own. By high school, it was the classics that caught my eye, reading and re-reading Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Around the same time, I also developed a passion for politics, civics, discourse, and generally learning more about how the world works.
The interests combined and culminated in a journalism degree at Temple University. Since graduating in 2010, I’ve covered everything from school board budget meetings to fallen police officers, from the 2016 Democratic National Convention to the struggles of the nation’s meatpacking plants under COVID-19.
In recent years, I’ve specialized in environmental and investigative reporting, winning four national awards and more than a dozen state-level awards. I’ve investigated major drinking water contamination in the Philadelphia suburbs and the military’s failure to clean it up, dug up dirt on long-forgotten landfills pegged for residential redevelopment, chronicled a community’s transition from prosperous industry to waste hub, interviewed members of Congress, birdwatched in the snow and eagle watched in the summer heat, helped haul in nets of shad in the Delaware River, and on and on.
Right now, I’m working as a Northeast investigative reporter for Gannett, with my work appearing in dozens of local papers across the region, as well as holding A1 for the national USA Today print edition on numerous occasions. In the future, I hope to continue plying my trade covering our nation, world, and environment, with as much impact as possible.
I live in Philadelphia and spend my free time running, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, coaching wrestling, and seeking out good craft brew. I’m proud of my Pennsylvania Dutch heritage, which stretches back 10 generations to the 1740s.
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