"Beyond the block: A community organization in West Englewood plays for peace on new basketball court"
"When Walls Talk" series
When walls talk on the historically underserved South and West sides of Chicago, they tell nuanced narratives ranging from the exploration of identity to education of the incarcerated. I chose murals as a series subject to snag the attention of Voice It’s younger, more aesthetically-inclined audience.
"A historical vote across Mexican borders"
My first English piece for Hoy, the Spanish edition of the Chicago Tribune, addressed the “billennial” (bilingual + millennial) audience of Voice It, a news site about multiculturalism & intersectionality. 2018 was the first election in which Mexico allowed citizens living abroad to register to vote without returning to their country, and it was decided largely by young voices.
"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 last 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.
Diwigdi Valiente: Climate warrior
The following school year, I kept chasing stories around the globe – and they kept drawing me back to the Caribbean region. In the winter, I would follow my own family’s story to Colombia. Come spring, I spent a week reporting in the Guna Yala islands & the Kalu Yala eco-city of Panama.
"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.