in print

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.

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‘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.

New Orleans UPS driver shares photos of the pups on his route // When I spoke to Jay, he had a little over 2,000 Instagram followers. Now he has almost 70,000. This story was published with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune in March 2019.

Here’s what it’s like to ride in a Mardi Gras parade // I experienced my first-ever day of big Mardi Gras parades as a rider. During this season, I also reported from Barkus, the dog Mardi Gras parade and two Mardi Gras balls, including the historic Rex ball, whose queen I also profiled. These stories were published with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune in February and March 2019.

Lana Del Rey performs at Buku festival, but mostly for her first rows of fans // Hear from those front-row fans in my review. I’ve also reviewed Diana Ross, Harry Connick Jr. and Ciara, who was on-trend at Jazz Fest in her Hand Grenade-like ensemble. These stories were published with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune in late 2018 and early 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 // I spent ten months researching and reporting about a University of Alabama student who died by suicide several months after reporting sexual assault. 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.

For a stress relief, try goat yoga at Paradigm Gardens on South Rampart Street // In this September 2018 NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune story, I review goat yoga as the “new cat video.”

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.”

6 Intriguing People: Elliot Spillers // For the spring 2016 Tuscaloosa magazine, I pitched and wrote a profile of The University of Alabama’s second black President of the Student Government Association.

Captain Crimson brings spirit to the Crimson Tide’s home games // For an issue of The Crimson White in October 2016, I went to the homecoming game with the biggest fan in the student section, a superstitious Captain Crimson.