The first newspaper I was ever published in was made out of glue, magic markers, and oversized construction paper. It contained the stories of each member of her fifth-grade class. Some of my peers resisted the idea writing or illustrating at first, but my friend and I said it would not be a class paper unless the whole class was represented.
A decade later, my passion remains the same: representing many voices to understand a higher truth. At 18, I went to a meeting for her college newspaper where I found that my passion had a name — journalism. I went on to serve as the editor-in-chief for that paper, the Vermont Cynic.
The Cynic has been named the 19th best paper in the nation by the Princeton Review.
In October 2016, a story I cowrote as a part of the Cynic’s investigative news team was named the American Collegiate Press’ Diversity Story of the Year. During the story, we interviewed over fifty sources during over the course of a month, a four-part series and nearly 15,000 words.
It happened then: the moment. The moment when a journalist realizes that their life will belong to the pursuit of truth: a rebirth, a baptism, an awakening. Mine came at 4 a.m. during a document gold-mine we found while working on this story.
I had the privilege of working under two editors during the process. One is now covering congress, the other is the news editor at a daily newspaper. I wrote alongside Bryan O’Keefe, who would later become the Cynic’s managing editor during my term as editor-in-chief.
The enterprise team always pushed the bounds of what we could accomplish in a way no other role has ever done for me. There is no doubt this collaboration is why each of us is where we are today.
In summer of 2016, I was lucky enough to intern with one of Vermont’s most respected news organizations, VTDigger again pushing me past the bounds I thought possible. With the help of the Burlington Bureau Chief, one of the best journalist I know, I covered the city of Burlington (BTV), acting as a full-time reporter, producing 800-word stories on a daily deadline.
I was asked back to intern directly in their Montpelier newsroom this Summer, where I currently work beside the edit staff to prepare stories for online publication.
In addition to my time spent in the media wing of UVM’s student center, I love being an active member of the UVM community. I have been a Lead Resident Advisor (’16-’17) and before that, a Resident Advisor(’15-’16). I was also the student program director of UVM’s Dean Signature Integrated Social Science Program (’15-’16), after having the opportunity to be a part of the program my first-year.
On the off days — I am a dancing, book reading, people watching, bagel-loving native New Yorker.
Fun fact: My high school superlative was biggest chatterbox. Reach out, I would love to chat.