TAMPA BAY TIMES, Investigative Reporter | December 2018 – Present
Digging into big stories that take time on the investigations team.
THE OREGONIAN, Reporter | July 2016 – December 2018
Delivered in-depth projects while aggressively covering the competitive Portland Public Schools beat.
Wrote “Benefit of the Doubt,” an investigation that revealed how the district helped an educator evade sexual misconduct allegations for three decades. School board members launched an independent investigation that affirmed my findings and recommended the district overhaul its approach to sexual misconduct.
Followed a family whose school suspected their son could be the next school shooter. The immersive narrative provided a never before seen look at threat assessments, which are used at schools across the country.
Raised questions about the fitness of several school district hires. For example: revealed that the chief strategic officer appeared to have faked her degree, that a superintendent finalist showed a vetting team a disingenuous view of his district, that the general counsel wasn’t licensed to practice law in Oregon, and that a finalist for general counsel had been prosecuted in Florida.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL , Reporter | June 2014 – June 2016
Covered a range of beats while pursuing investigative projects.
Exposed that the district attorney’s office for decades improperly used an off-budget account to pay witnesses. Those stories resulted in policy changes, an audit, and cases going back to court.
Revealed that inmates who were granted parole were still in prison at taxpayers’ expense, largely because they were too poor to afford housing. After the stories, officials admitted the backlog existed and collaborated to fix it.
Uncovered that the state’s higher education agency worked to undermine the Legislature’s effort to overhaul higher education funding. Stories resulted in the resignation of the chancellor, who was a power player in the system for 30 years. Stories also prompted lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to champion broad reforms to the Nevada System of Higher Education.
Brought to light that Boulder City’s animal control supervisor had for years needlessly killed shelter animals and that the police chief covered up the scandal to avoid embarrassment. The police chief resigned and was convicted for his actions. The former control supervisor was also convicted.
LAS VEGAS SUN, Reporter | June 2013 – June 2014
Daily coverage of civil and criminal cases.