You can navigate through all of my published works by checking the drop-down menus above (for types of communications or coverage), by selecting mediums/workplaces, or by searching key words at the right.
This was the first investigative piece I ever did, and it took over a year. It all began while I covered an event for a different article. I could tell the speaker had a larger story at hand. Before he left, I asked if I could follow up later. This eventually lead to a trip to Harborview’s Psychiatric Ward, going through hundreds of pages of paperwork, files and records, getting signed permission from an inmate, working with an incredibly difficult PIO, and having Jail Health Service’s director shred the original medical grievance for which I asked. Finally, I wrote the story. The experience and the response were at times overwhelming. It won the Society of Professional Journalists’ runner-up award for 2017’s Best in Health & Science Reporting. The contest included submissions from five states.
This story began when Jennifer Fuentes contacted me after having witnessed protectors’ and protesters’ arrests at the Dakota Access Pipeline. One of the protesters was a man from Seattle. I then talked with the man, Bob Barnes, after his release. To fact check everything, I contacted the police department who arrested him. They initially told me they hadn’t arrested anybody from Seattle, but upon checking again at my request, found they made an error. His name was under William Barnes. I was additionally the first, as far as I knew, to discover and publish that the department used a stingray on protectors. A stingray is a phone-tracking, listening, and monitoring device.
The woman in this photo is Ronda Althaus. I went to Othello Village, a tiny homes space for homeless folks in Seattle’s South End, multiple days to gain the trust of its residents, but also to understand their environment and community. Initially, I was to interview a different woman who had quite a story but her husband decided he didn’t want her talking to the media. After my third trip to Othello, Ronda came forward and told me she wanted to tell her story, that it was time. Three hours and multiple cries later, our interview finished. It was heavy, it was raw, and it was real. After publication, I returned to the village. Ronda told me her family saw the piece and began talking to her again. They better understood her situation. This time, she cried tears of joy. I made sure our photographer stopped by to give her the family photos he took as well. This story was a part of the #SeaHomeless media blitz across Seattle, highlighting homelessness issues in every participating Seattle outlet.
I covered Amazon’s labor issues for the third time, focusing on the mistreatment of its subcontracted SIS security workers. The first article included how a previous cop working as a security officer on Amazon HQ asked for a place to pray, was arbitrarily put on leave, and underwent so much stress that he and his wife lost their baby. The second piece explained how an attempt to meet with CEO Jeff Bezos was left with silence and intimidation tactics. This piece explains how outspoken workers are now out of their jobs.
I still cherish this piece because it was one of the first and rare times I had the chance to use my creative writing voice. The YAMS Collective noticed and then pushed it out across their social media and online networks. The content of the art show itself was, and still is, so incredibly important. I do hope I get to do more pieces like it.
Throughout my four-year journalism career, I freelanced across multiple Seattle outlets between and during college, my internships, and jobs (which included The Daily reporter, a legal assistant, a waitress, and a pizza crew).
Winter 2014: The Daily of the UW reporter
Summer 2014: Worked at Applebee’s and reported for The Daily
Fall 2016: Elected president of the SPJ UW Chapter. Freelancing at South Seattle Emerald and International Examiner while reporting for The Daily.
Winter 2016: Freelancing with Seattle Weekly, South Seattle Emerald, and International Examiner while reporting for The Daily.
Spring 2017: Graduated from the UW! Short part-time job in a legal office.
Fall 2017: Working at Pagliacci’s while freelancing with Real Change News, International Examiner, South Seattle Emerald
Winter 2017: Hired by Capitol Hill Seattle Blog as a full-time reporter, “running on a start-up salary.” If their financial model didn’t pan out as planned, we were to mutually agree to end my employment. Unfortunately, that’s what happened.
Now, I operate in the Seattle and Washington State political and wonk spheres while typically taking up positions on campaigns and in organizations that have to do with organizing, housing, transportation, the climate, and communications. I’m still continuing anti-racist and abolitionist journeys and work, and very deliberately bring, hold, and grow what I have learned to the spaces and positions I hold in whatever workspace.