I am an award-winning journalist with a computer-assisted reporting background and strong investigative reporting skills.
I’ve been a data reporter at PublicSource for the past two years with a focus on money in politics. I’ve reported on campaign contributions and television advertising in the 2014 Pennsylvania governor’s race and the 2015 Pennsylvania Supreme Court race. I’ve worked on data stories that have showed why Pennsylvania has the second-worst vaccination rate in the country, compared tax plans by Gov. Tom Wolf and Republicans in the Pennsylvania Legislature and catalogued every drone company in Pennsylvania.
Before coming to PublicSource, I was a data intern on the projects team at The Dallas Morning News after finishing a two-year investigation for the Investigative Reporting Workshop in Washington D.C. I’ve also covered the arts for Reuters in Brussels and local government for the Columbia Missourian.
At PublicSource, I worked with another reporter on a story on excessive overtime at nursing homes owned by Allegheny County. That story won a 2015 Truth in Finances Award from the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. I won second place for my campaign finance coverage in the 2015 Society of Professional Journalists’ Keystone Pro Chapter Spotlight Contest. I was also part of the team that made the “Price of the Prize” campaign finance app that was awarded second place in the web use category in the same 2015 Spotlight Contest.
My story about mules in Missouri won the national 2011 Mark of Excellence Award for Best Non-Fiction Magazine Article from the Society of Professional Journalists and a 2012 second place Missouri Press Association Award in the Best Story About Rural Life or Agriculture (Dailies – Class 2). I was named the 2008 Best College On-Air Personality in western Pennsylvania for my weekly two-hour show “Hangin’ with Holmes” on 91.7 FM WNJR.
I’ve earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and previously received my bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa.