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I am currently the political reporter at VTDigger, where I cover the Vermont Statehouse, the governor's office and public policy issues for the state's largest news organization. My reporting has also been published and broadcast by PBS NewsHour, three NPR stations and The Christian Science Monitor. While an intern at WNYC, I contributed to an award-winning investigative series examining how police departments shield their misconduct records from the public. 

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While at WNYC, I contributed extensive reporting to an investigation of police transparency issues across the country. I interviewed public records experts, criminal defense attorneys and studied laws from all fifty states governing the accessibility of police disciplinary records. This multimedia story was part of a series that went on to win a 2016 Sigma Delta Chi Award for public service and a Deadline Club award.

At The Keene Sentinel, I cover the state's opioid crisis and how it affects policymakers, citizens, and drug users. In 2016, I wrote a story about inmates in the Cheshire County jail who struggle with addiction behind bars. I documented the jail's efforts to prescribe Suboxone to inmates. The drug reduces opioid cravings, and the article addresses addicts' complicated relationship with this alternative form of treatment.

In 2016, New Hampshire saw a record number of fatal drug overdoses, most of which were caused by opioid abuse. In April of 2017, I obtained records from the medical examiner's office to map where fatal opioid overdoses happened throughout the state and find out which substances, or combinations of substances most commonly led to death.