Experience

Journalism

Media reporter, The Washington Post: Washington, D.C. March 2020 to present.
Write breaking news and feature stories about the news media industry and press issues.

Pop culture writer, The Washington Post: Washington, D.C. July 2016 to March 2020.
Wrote breaking news stories, profiles, features and humor pieces covering comedy, entertainment and celebrity culture.

General assignment reporter, The Washington Post: Washington, D.C. July 2014 to July 2016.
Wrote national, foreign, health, science, political and entertainment breaking news stories and features.

Staff Writer, National Journal: Washington, D.C. June 2012 to July 2014.
Covered national politics, Congress and lobbying.

Senior Reporter/Blogger, WAMU 88.5: Washington, D.C. March 2011 to May 2012.
Covered race and class in D.C. for DCentric, an NPR Project Argo blog.

Web Reporter, TBD.com: Arlington, Va. July 2010 to March 2011.
Covered local news for major D.C.-area news website and affiliated TV station.

World Affairs Fellow, International Center for Journalists: El Salvador, February 2010.
Produced a project on recession’s impact on El Salvador’s economy and Salvadoran immigrants in Maryland.

Staff Writer, The Gazette, Prince George’s County Bureau: Laurel, Md. September 2007 to July 2010.
Covered nine municipalities and community news in Prince George’s County, Md.

Intern Reporter, various publications: 2005 to 2006.
Washingtonian magazine, The Washington Post Express in Arlington, Va. and The Teton Times on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.

Other

Stand-up comic and comedy writer: D.C. metro area. January 2012 to present.
Performance credits include the Warner Theatre, Kennedy Center and DC Improv. Featured performer at the Bentzen Ball, Underground Comedy Festival and the Women in Comedy Festival.

Education

University of Maryland, Philip Merrill College of Journalism: College Park, Md. May 2006.
Graduated Summa cum Laude with double Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism and African-American history. Completed graduate-level coursework in narrative journalism under Pulitzer Prize-wining journalist Jon Franklin. Worked as a staff writer for The Diamondback student newspaper.

Skills

  • Spoken Spanish and Persian.
  • Shoot and edit photos and videos. Proficient in Final Cut Pro and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Well-versed in HTML, online publishing tools and Google Analytics.