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I like to think of myself as a Midwestern girl who was given the opportunity of a lifetime. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, with a minor in International Relations and certificates in writing and the humanities, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in three years, beginning in 2008. In the process, I enrolled in a class on wrongful convictions at the Pierre Laclede Honors College, taught by Dr. Jody Miller. It changed my entire outlook on criminal justice in America. That class taught me the vital role of investigative journalists in society, and I decided that it would be my life’s goal to advocate for the factually innocent in prison with journalism.

I took a chance in applying to Columbia University, and when I was accepted I took the plunge.

The first time I had ever been in New York City was the day I moved into my apartment. I found a niche for my skills in data journalism, or computer-assisted reporting (CAR). It’s a growing field in newsrooms large and small, and it offers a lot to modern media.

I graduated from Columbia in May, having won an award for my work in the Data Journalism and Visualization spring class. Afterwards, I interned with the Engineering News-Record in New York, gaining hands-on experience reporting, investigating, coding, and building.

When my internship was up I decided to move back to the Midwest, but ENR editors asked me to continue working with them on visualization projects and news stories. Now, I’m a freelance data journalist looking for opportunities to test new skills.

If anything, my life has been characterized by rapid and exciting changes from day to day. Expect this brief biography to be updated often!

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