Surdna Reporting Fellow

YES! Magazine

Seattle, Washington



  • Writes originally reported articles ranging from 650-4000 words about politics, education, the prison system and social justice issues.
  • Produces and edits 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



  • Reports and writes articles about a broad range of areas of the law for the website and magazine.
  • Shoots photographs and produces videos featuring students, alumni and faculty.
  • Edits and fact-checks magazine proofs.


UC Berkeley’s Graduate Division

Berkeley, California



  • Pitches and writes stories for UC Berkeley’s monthly newsletter, which reaches 10,000 graduate students, faculty and other members of the graduate community
  • Photographs campus events

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)


  •  Education reporter for a hyperlocal news site affiliated with U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
  • Wrote articles focusing on policy changes in Oakland, California school districts
  • Highlighted issues that inner-city school children face — such as poverty, hunger and lack of resources
  • Shot photographs and created multimedia for articles
  •  Acted as site editor

Writer and Photographer


Shanghai, China



  • Wrote articles about urban life for the webzine and magazine
  • Street life and event photographer
  • Contributed to the launching of the magazine ‘PULP’ by writing articles, editing and contacting organizations for partnership
  • Recorded material for the Shanghai24/7 podcast

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



Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, MS Powerpoint, WordPress, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Audition, Adobe Photoshop, shooting and editing video and photography, HTML, CSS