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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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I looked into how Vermont's Department of Motor Vehicles makes millions of dollars selling the personal information of drivers in its database. I used public records to report about how the state sells driver information to hundreds of private companies, including private investigators and and out-of-state corporations. 

After the 2018 farm bill legalized hemp cultivation at the federal level, hundreds of farmers started planting the crop in Vermont. But I found that as the hemp market became glutted, farmers across the state have been struggling to find markets for their product.

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.