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I’m an Alaskan journalist and filmmaker. My work has been published by Discovery Channel, Democracy Now!, FSRN, the Alaska Public Radio Network, the Anchorage Press, National Native News, Unicorn Riot, the Real News, the Mudflats and Intercontinental Cry. I’ve directed two feature length documentaries, Veins of Resistance (2019) and We Can't Eat Gold (2013), one of which has won three festival awards and was covered in the UK's Guardian newspaper. I have a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Below, you can find my resume and my portfolio of print and radio journalism. I also have more than ten years of experience in publishing news video both for broadcast and online. To review my visual journalism, see my films and photos in my separate News Video, Environmental Photography, Portrait Photography, Macro Photography and Travel Writing and Photography portfolios.
After an internship with the Associated Press in Srinagar, India, and reporting trips to Sierra Leone and México, I chose to report from Chile. I began filing reports shortly after I arrived in the capital Santiago in February, 2015. I’ve grown with my now more than four years of experience reporting from Chile, living alongside the communities I cover. I’ve built on not only my Spanish fluency and translation abilities but also on my sense of historical context and the diversity of the relevant perspectives I seek out and contrast in my international reporting.
Telling stories with varied multimedia techniques, I broadcasted half a dozen public radio stories with Free Speech Radio News (FSRN) national network of over 20 U.S.radio stations while producing news videos. I expanded my initial focus on covering Chilean education and labor movements and policy, to include digging into the economics of mining and water politics. Listen to an example of my FSRN reporting below.
As well as licensing video footage of breaking news for overnight publication with Discovery Channel and Democracy Now!, I also published four news videos with Unicorn Riot as well as multiple appearances on their live stream news show. One of my video news reports with Unicorn Riot has been viewed more than 150,000 times. To review my news videos, please go to my separate news video portfolio page.
A Passion for Public Radio
I grew up listening to public radio. Often, my whole family would sit in the car and wait for a story to finish, after the car was parked.
In journalism school I had the tremendous opportunity to take three classes from one of my heroes, NPR National Political Correspondent Elizabeth Arnold. Her Ethics, Information Gathering and Radio News Reporting classes, often with under ten students, gave me a vital grounding in the art of radio reporting.
While taking her Radio Reporting class, I interned at the Alaska Public Radio Network, (APRN). I was reporting and editing stories for Alaska News Nightly, broadcast on 23 stations statewide. Meanwhile, I was also contributing to other programs. One of my stories was broadcast across North America when it was picked up by National Native News. Another one of my stories was broadcast to coincide with a 3,000 word cover story I wrote for Anchorage's Alternative weekly, The Anchorage Press. Another 3,000 word cover story for the Anchorage Press was followed up with an hour-long round table with two of my interview subjects on APRN's Talk of Alaska, hosted by Lori Townsend.
The story below about communities preparing for natural disasters is an example of my drive to put story telling techniques in action.
The thoughtful nature of public radio gave me experience in objectively reporting complex stories, a hub for my multimedia journalism and a community of journalists to learn from. APRN's News Director and Host Lori Townsend is one of my journalism references, I''m happy to share her contact info upon request
The American landscape of government run and private prisons holds many stories that inform society's development. Beginning by visiting a remote prison under construction in the spring of 2011, I reported a series of three public radio stories for Alaska News Nightly on these issues:
I’m seldom satisfied with publishing just one story when I take on covering a new topic. Reporting on incarceration in Alaska, I kept on interviewing not only prison guards and social workers but also, prisoners, crime victims, and public officials. I count on the public’s curiosity for disparate perspectives and ideas to reach their own conclusions about why events take place. For example, even though the legislation I reported on in this Alaska News Nightly story had failed to make it out of committee twice, I reported on it to document a lesser-known long-running policy debate about if and when to allow felons to vote. Pairing policy details with the radio’s ability to help people relate with one another through intimate interviews, in the story below I recorded three felons in a decisive moment in their lives, completing parole.
My 2011 people and prisons reporting culminated in a cover story (PDF) for the Anchorage Press, covering ex-offenders' struggles to rejoin society. Cycles of crime and punishment are among my topics of perpetual research.
(NOTE: An Anchorage Press website migration resulted in two of my older articles loosing some of the spaces between the words. I’ve included PDF versions for ease of reading.)
Reporting Indigenous Perspectives
Almost one third of Alaska's population is made up of the state's 229 federally recognized tribes. Traveling on small planes and boats to report about land use conflicts through documentary, radio and print, including broadcasting on National Native News, I’ve learned about what it means to live off the land in the United States today and how to report the unique perspectives of those living subsistence lifestyles. These experiences taught me to be a more intrepid and sensitive journalist.
For example, I traveled in a bush plane to the native village of Tyonek off the road system to cover an Alaska Department of Natural Resources hearing on a petition to block a proposed coal strip mine in the community. I recorded a radio story on mental health while I was there as well as a documentary short on the hearing that I published with The Northern Light (TNL), the University of Alaska Anchorage’s award-winning student newspaper. I reported dozens of stories for TNL while earning my journalism degree.
My first feature-length documentary, We Can't Eat Gold, profiles Alaska Natives fighting to protect the worlds largest wild Sockeye Salmon runs, In Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, from the impacts of the largest proposed gold mine in the world, the Pebble Mine.