Staff Reporter

Seattle Weekly

(10-2017)- (Present)


  • Writes originally-reported daily stories about city government, housing, labor, homelessness and policing for the digital edition.
  • Produces in-depth enterprise pieces for the weekly newspaper.
  • Records audio, shoots and edits photos and videos.

Surdna Reporting Fellow

YES! Magazine

Seattle, Washington



  • Wrote originally-reported articles ranging from 650-4000 words about politics, education, the prison system and social justice issues.
  • Produced and edited videos and radio stories.

Legislative Reporter

The Associated Press

Topeka, Kansas



  • Covered spot news and enterprise stories about education and the prison system from the statehouse.
  • Reported on the 2016 presidential race by interviewing voters and covering rallies and caucuses.

Digital Content Creator

UC Hastings College of the Law

San Francisco, California



  • Reported and wrote articles about a broad range of areas of the law for the website and magazine.
  • Shot photographs and produced videos featuring students, alumni and faculty.
  • Edited and fact-checked magazine proofs.


UC Berkeley’s Graduate Division

Berkeley, California



  • Secured a 50% open rate on GradNews, a monthly newsletter that serves a 10,000+ graduate student community.
  • Pitched, reported and wrote 60 articles ranging from 200-3000 words under a tight deadline.
  • Photographed campus events and produced compelling audio stories.
  • Effectively managed social media.

Editorial Intern


Hong Kong



  • Reporter for TIME Asia based in Hong Kong, covering local events such as the 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Protests and Hong Kong-China relations
  • Wrote daily briefs about breaking news, politics, science, health and technology for

News Intern

SF Weekly

San Francisco, California



  • Covered local and breaking news for the blog, Snitch.
  • Wrote feature articles about arts and culture, science and technology for the newspaper
  • Created accompanying videos, infographs and audio slideshows for articles.


Oakland North

Oakland, California

(08-2013)- (03-2015)


  • Covered the education and youth beat for a hyperlocal news site by attending school board meetings and maintaining contact with community members.
  • Wrote in-depth stories about education policies in Oakland that solicited many comments from readers.
  • Conducted investigations on pressing issues including the school-to-prison pipeline and loss of school funding.
  • Visually enhanced print stories with videos, photos and infographics.

Writer and Photographer


Shanghai, China



  • Wrote articles about local art and culture for the website and magazine.
  • Contributed to the launching of PULP Magazine by writing articles, editing and contacting organizations for partnerships.
  • Captured photos of Shanghai’s street life, which were picked up by other local news organizations.
  • Promoted and co-organized Shanghai247 events.

Associate Editor

Shanghai Expat


Shanghai, China


  • Interned as an associate editor for an urban webzine
  • Uploaded listings to promote events
  • Wrote articles about arts and culture, lifestyle, education, and health
  • Published a column entitled ‘Teaching English with Melissa’ which provided advice and an insider’s perspective on Teaching English as a Second Language in China


B.A. Anthropology and Religious Studies

University of Pittsburgh

(09-2005)- (12-2009)

Master of Journalism

University of California, Berkeley



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