"Reading from a different page: dyslexia in the college transition"
Originally in North by Northwestern, eventually this piece was published in DiversityComm's DIVERSEability magazine. My personal experience with learning disabilities led me to examine their impact within higher education.
"‘Worth of this place’: When music and gentrification collide in Wicker Park"
Online arts and culture publication Scene + Heard published this story in May, after I worked with a team to grasp the gentrification phenomenon behind the closing of Wicker Park's beloved Double Door music venue.
"Havana's package has arrived: el paquete semanal"
A week in Havana, Cuba this summer was a week well spent researching this clandestine flashdrive distributed manually throughout the country. Each week, the device full of foreign movies, TV series and music is sold to Cubans with no other access to this programming. Published here by Rooster Global News Network.
"A 'young' religion surges in a Cuban colonial town: Santería in Trinidad"
Two hundred miles south, I spent a week in Trinidad, Cuba exploring the rich history of Santería, Cuba's Afro-American fusion religion. The faith knits together what one local estimated as 90 percent of the town, and I took great care to treat it with respect in this piece.
"Spoon University: An inside scoop on their success"
Spoon University - the force sprinkling trendy food videos all over your feed - began in one of my own Medill buildings in the fall of 2012. One source for this article reminded me that, "Journalism isn’t dead,” but rather just “Old, boring journalism is dead." The field needs more spice, more variety, more multimedia.
"Carrie Rodriguez: Rural Meets Ranchera"
"Breaking Barriers: Women in Space"
With enough willpower, I knew journalism would take me to crazy cool heights, but I never imagined anything as crazy or cool as interviewing a NASA astronaut. But this story was so much more than that: less about one individual and more about shooting through glass ceilings with each other's support.