Journalism Experience

From the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case to the pharmaceutical industry, I’ve reported on a variety of stories and industries during the last five years. Below, you’ll find more information on my reporting career at The Daily Collegian, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Albany Business Review. My career has taken me from Albany and Pittsburgh to London and Hong Kong—all before my 24th birthday.

The Daily Collegian (2012-16)

I joined Penn State’s student newspaper, The Daily Collegian, in 2012 following the break of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. At the Collegian, I reported, edited, copy edited, and eventually became editor-in-chief during my senior year. As editor, I headed a complete redesign of our print and digital products, emphasized digital-first content, and instituted an investigative reporting beat that broke stories about abusive women’s gymnastics and women’s hockey coaches.

As part of an international reporting trip through Penn State, I wrote about Filipino nannies in Hong Kong and what it was like being away from home. I also participated in a semester-long in-depth reporting class, where I traveled to Austin, Texas to report on struggling college newspapers in a digital-first era.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2015-16)

For two summers, I interned on the universal copy desk for my hometown paper, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In this position, I edited stories for style and content, wrote headlines, and designed pages for the Local and Business section. Some examples of those layouts are below:

Local News Section Front Page: June 29, 2016

Local News Section Front Page: June 30, 2016

The Albany Business Review (2016-17)

I was hired at the Albany Business Review as a higher education reporter (I covered health care, too) after I graduated from Penn State in 2016. I covered more than 20 colleges and universities across upstate New York and reported on topics like Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s free tuition proposal, presidential searches, and endowment trends. Every five weeks, I was responsible for reporting on an in-depth centerpiece. Take a look at some of my best centerpieces:

Profile on Michael Castellana: UAlbany’s No. 1 Fan

Their Programs, Our Workforce: A look at the Albany area’s community colleges

Teamwork 101: Why Albany area colleges and universities work together

The Growing Farm Crisis

Psst… I can do video, too.

At Penn State, I took a multimedia class where the majority of the semester was spent working on a portfolio piece. I profiled The Makery, a creative collective located near Penn State’s campus. I used a Nikon D610 to shoot the video, take photos, and also wrote a story about Amy Frank and her business.