When I was fifth grade, my mom took my siblings and I to the California Science Center. While my younger sister was intrigued by the High Wire Bicycle and my then-toddler brother just loved the 50-foot human body stimulator… I’d found something more interesting: an anchor desk, complete with a teleprompter and my mom’s first-generation iPhone camera.
I was hooked. I sat behind the desk for almost an hour, reading the same few lines of “news” over and over again, until another young girl begged for a turn.
I went home and started googling news women. I would sit and watch 60 Minutes with my dad every Sunday. I loved history, so I began to interview my teachers about events that they’d lived through, like JFK’s assassination. I understood the power of speaking… and listening. And in sixth grade, I delivered all of my book reports as a news reporter. I even kept a prop microphone in the classroom.
At the Charter High School of the Arts in Los Angeles, I founded our multimedia online news publication. In my junior year, when school was cancelled because of a bomb threat, I wrote a piece about the scare from the student perspective for the Los Angeles Times High School Insider. The article was shared on the LA Times’ social media. I began working closely with the LA Times, joining a youthful team dubbed “Video Corps” and interning at the iconic downtown building the summer going into 12th grade. I covered a protest led by Snoop Dogg at LAPD headquarters, traveled to art exhibits all over LA and met some incredible journalists.
Over that summer, I also co-founded Worst First Kiss, a professional teen theatre company in LA.
Later that year, I was accepted to Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism (go ‘Cats!). I’m currently a senior journalism major, with a double major in international studies and a minor in political science. I’m an anchor, chief campus correspondent and the news director of the Northwestern News Network (“NNN”). I’m proud to say I’ve spent the night in our school’s broadcast studio a fair number of times. I anchored our live coverage of the 2018 Midterm Elections. In November 2019, I won a Chicago/Midwest student Emmy Award for general assignment reporting, and in 2020 I won a Society of Journalists Mark of Excellence Award in the same category. I’m a National Television of Arts and Sciences scholarship recipient and was awarded Medill’s Fyffe Award for broadcast journalism.
The summer after my freshman year, I interned at NBC Nightly News in the Los Angeles bureau. I lived and breathed the news. It was incredible. Whether I was at a shoot in Malibu where a mysterious murder had taken place the night before, or in the newsroom transcribing a press conference with Jeff Sessions, I was learning something every second of the day. I was lucky enough to return to NBC (albeit remotely) after my junior year. I received my first network producer credit on Sunday Today with Willie Geist.
The summer after sophomore year, I took a chance and moved temporarily to Bakersfield, CA, where I worked as a multimedia journalist and started a daily digital newscast at KGET 17. I spent the winter of my junior year in Washington, D.C., reporting on escalating tensions with Iran and the impeachment trial.
When I’m not reading about what’s going on inside the Senate chamber, I’m probably at the library, reading about the Chamber of Secrets.
I’m also a mentor for Medill Media Teens and work closely with students with autism spectrum disorders. I’ve traveled with Medill on a reporting trip to the Middle East.
Over the course of my career, I hope to travel across the country, telling stories that would make the 10-year-old at the faux anchor desk proud.