Professional ​

Experienced, collaborative team leader with degrees in journalism and data science and a passion for communicating technical subjects in an easy-to-understand style. 

Investigative Reporters & Editors

Deputy executive director, Jan. 2020 - present
Senior training director, Aug. 2017 - Jan. 2020
Training director, Aug. 2016 - Aug. 2017

  • Lead team that plans content and logistics for about 90 training events a year. Nearly doubled annual number of trainings since 2016.

  • Personally trained more than 3,300 journalists since 2016 on data analysis, visualization, research and reporting techniques.

  • Built documentation from scratch and revamped curricula for all of IRE's programs, leading to more collaborative and efficient team.


Institute for Nonprofit News

Director of training, Sept. 2015-Aug. 2016

Interim executive director, April - Sept. 2015

Director of data services, June 2013-April 2015


  • Collaborated with nonprofit newsrooms around the country to publish five data journalism projects in less than two years, in addition to training and technology consulting duties.

  • Led INN through leadership transition as interim executive director.


Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Data/investigative editor, May 2010-June 2013

Investigative reporter, Nov 2006-May 2010

Reporter, June-Nov. 2006

The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas

Education & city hall reporter, Oct. 2003-May 2006

  • Writing

  • Data analysis & visualization using R, Python, Tableau, SQL, Excel

  • Basic web design

  • Public speaking

  • Documentation & training

  • Leadership

  • Project management

  • Remote work

  • Baseball & statistics

  • Running (published a book about running in 2014)

  • Photography

  • Scrapbooking

  • Creative design

University of Missouri
MS in Data Science & Analytics, 2019


Emphasis in data visualization and human-centered design.

Courses in R, Python, statistics, machine learning, data visualization and data ethics.

GPA 4.0


University of Arkansas

BA in Journalism/Physics, 2003


Double major in journalism and physics. 

Worked at school newspaper for four years, including one year as managing editor and one year as editor.

Graduated magna cum laude, GPA 3.6

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