About the Journalist:
Since I was young, I’ve had a strong fascination with the world around me, harboring an intense desire to share all the different stories of the unique people and cultures that make this world so beautiful. With an emphasis on multi-media storytelling--utilizing my skills in writing, editing, photography, web design and audio recording--I report on a variety of topics from community and world news to arts and culture features, with human-interest always at the center. I view every assignment I work on as a privilege and a chance to look at life and "purpose" through another set of eyes. That gift, is what made me fall in love with being a journalist.
This past summer, I graduated with my Journalism B.A. from Point Loma Nazarene University in California. During my time in college, I threw myself into as many storytelling opportunities as possible. I worked for three years as a reporter and Features Section Editor for my school's weekly newspaper, The Point, getting to know foreign film directors and Green Beret Olympic Athletes. I also discovered an affinity for broadcasting, interviewing campus professors as I co-hosted school radio shows and served as entertainment reporter for PLNU's Coastline News Station. I truly became attached to multi-media reporting when I produced my first student documentary, Red to Blue, and was an assistant director for my classmate's short film Reluctantly Dead.
Still, I always came back to writing, taking my first internship at Women's Running Magazine, which had a global reach in the health and fitness world. I also interned with San Diego's keynote arts and culture publication, San Diego CityBeat, where I wrote a cover story on world-travelling circus performers, in addition to my reviews on the best classic vs craft Sangrias. After graduation, I was hired as a freelance journalist for the San Diego Community News Group after completing a spring internship with them, reporting on city-wide marches for gun control and writing an investigative story on petitions to save Liberty Station's historic North Chapel. Last June, I won two awards in The Society of Professional Journalists' Excellence in Journalism, Professional Reporting categories.
Right now, I'm making a living as a full-time freelance journalist and editor, working for not only SDNews, but also for Madison's The Capital Times as a food writer and for Isthmus, the city's arts and culture weekly. I am also a contributor for Fansided's entertainment news site Hidden Remote, running recorded interviews with key figures in television, like Small Business Revolution's Ty Pennington and Amanda Brinkman, along with God Friended Me co-star Javicia Leslie. I am also a freelance journalist for Animation World Network, highlighting the creative minds behind the world's leading animation films and series. In addition, I work as a freelance web designer and social media manager for HiLine Inc. and recently became the editorial operations manager at Syndicate Media Group, managing teams of writers and editors across almost a dozen different website platforms.
My reporting has put me in the thick of life, getting to know the people I write about and falling in love with their stories. Whether it's a race through the mountains, a protest through the streets or a trip to cinema's foreign shores, writing has the power to bring those experiences to life and change other's perspectives. The world has so many stories to tell and I'm just the girl with the pen, spreading the word.
About the Blog:
Creation Station is a collection of videos I compiled from interviews I've had the absolute privilege to take part in with actors, creators, editors and directors across various genres of entertainment.
From addressing anime diversity in Cannon Busters to Oscar reactions with blockbuster favorites like Parasite, my film and television interviews highlight not only aspects of how these shows and movies are made, but also why they're important to the people I chat with. I'd be lying if I said these interview segments also didn't include some comedy and silliness (like editors being starstruck over working with Harrison Ford), because they definitely do.
But that's the very reason I decided to dedicate a space to short, audio version segments of these interviews. While I enjoyed writing out and organizing these Q&As into a cohesive story, there's something about uncut, unfiltered, recorded interviews that adds such a fun and personal perspective to any story.
If you love entertainment and want to get to know the people responsible for creating such amazing works (one minute at a time), make a stop at Creation Station and give the videos a watch/listen. They're short, they're sweet, and some of my favorite moments working as a journalist.