I am currently in Memphis as the education and children’s issues reporter for The Commercial Appeal. Read my work here.
My writing has appeared in both newspapers and magazines: The New York Times, The Commercial Appeal, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, Tuscaloosa News, and The Crimson White; Catapult, Teen Vogue, This Old House, Martha Stewart Weddings, Atlanta magazine, and Tuscaloosa magazine.
You can also find me on Shoeleather.
‘The baddest biker girls in the world:’ Meet New Orleans’ Caramel Curves // Hear more from the all-female motorcycle club in New Orleans. Members discuss why they love the sisterhood, and the price of national fame (including the cost of their famous pink burnouts). This story was published with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune in March 2019.
Trace the Saints ski mask craze back to this local designer // When Saints players Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram dawned ski masks in a playoff game press conference, they were really just supporting their friend and local designer, who also had NFL hopes. This story was published with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune in February 2019.
Changing the Narrative Around Black Poverty // Writers Jesmyn Ward and Baratunde Thurston spoke with Ginia Bellafante, Big City Columnist for The New York Times at the newspaper’s Cities for Tomorrow event in New Orleans in December 2018. The coverage was co-published in both The New York Times and NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.
The Allure of Vertical Forests // In Milan, Italy, architect and urban planner Stefano Boeri constructed a Vertical Forest: a skyscraper full of trees and several thousand species of birds. He spoke about the benefits at The New York Times’ Cities for Tomorrow event in New Orleans in December 2018. The coverage was co-published in both The New York Times and NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.
Mayfair Lounge owner, turning 89, celebrates 40th anniversary of owning dive bar // Miss Gertie is the star of this profile on a local favorite written for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune in October 2018.
What Has Changed Since Megan Rondini’s Death // This 2,000-word feature was published for Teen Vogue in October 2017.
15 Minutes with Exodus, Wig-Maker to the Drag Queen Stars // For Catapult in November 2018, I profiled George Berry and Exodus of Wigs by Exodus, a custom wig company that creates for an international clientele (RuPaul stars included) out of a headquarters in Alabama.
Generation Next: Meet the Apprentices // For the July/August 2017 issue of This Old House magazine, I wrote three profiles about apprentices selected to be on the PBS television show.
Can I Get a Roll Tide? // For an issue of The Crimson White in September 2016, I spoke with linguistics professors at The University of Alabama to categorize and define the uses of the phrase “Roll Tide.”