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I cover local news including arts & culture and education. I'm a 2012 graduate of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois Springfield. While working toward that degree I spent a semester covering the legislature for WUIS and Illinois Public Radio. In 2010 I graduated from UIS with degrees in Liberal & Integrative Studies, Women & Gender Studies, and African-American Studies (yes, that was a lot of studying!) Previous experiences of mine include tutoring Rwandan refugees, supervising children at an orphanage in Africa, and lots of waitressing.
I cut my teeth in radio in 2011 while interning for the National Public Radio program Tell Me More with Michel Martin in Washington, DC. My reports have also appeared on NPR's Weekend Edition, NPR's All Things Considered, NPR's Morning Edition, and WorkingNow.org.
When not on the job, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful family including my daughter Bernadette, husband Eric, and cats Fifi & Twiggy. I also explore the offerings of Springfield as much as possible: the parks, art, theater and music shows, the farmer's markets and local cuisine, etc. That said, I also love to travel. Most notably perhaps, I have been to Kenya, New Zealand, and Thailand.
Please feel free to email me with tips on potential stories going on in the Springfield area. Thanks!