I left a career as a geologist because on job sites I was barred from communicating with community members about contamination levels in their water, soil, and air. As a journalist, that professional experience makes my environment coverage stand out -- I can decode complex lab reports, technical maps, and regulatory reports.
I've reported extensively on environmental impacts throughout the Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz County, and the Bay Area. I've written on issues such as climate change, air and water quality, ocean health, and environmental justice. As a result of an investigation I reported on air pollution in Southeast LA, state funding was rerouted to install air filters in metal processing plants. Those filters will improve local air quality.
I've also facilitated numerous community science workshops and worked with residents to create environmental sampling plans in their neighborhoods. Through my reporting I aim to empower communities with crucial information, but also amplify their concerns, and facilitate conversations that might yield solutions.