I found my passion as a 5-year-old child,though I didn't know it. I loved writing,especially short stories about a private eye solving mysteries.
Yet it wasn't until high school in Cincinnati that I discovered my ideal career involved another type of investigator and another type of writing.
Before my senior year,writing had called me,but I usually let it go to voice mail. It was during my senior year,however,that I finally picked up on it.
I then began desperately searching for a career that valued writing skills. Hoping to hone my linguistic abilities,I started at The Purple Quill,Elder High School's newspaper. I quickly realized how much I enjoyed researching and reporting. After I became the opinion page editor,I decided to pursue a career in journalism at Northern Kentucky University
I began working at my school paper,The Northerner,after taking a few journalism classes. I've held positions ranging from reporter to layout editor to editor in chief.
In the summer of 2007,I began internship with The Cincinnati/Kentucky Post and stayed on until it ceased publication that December.
I spent a month in 2008 living with a host family in the Spanish city of Segovia,about an hour-and-a-half northwest of Madrid. It gave me a new perspective on the world and a lot of practice with a language that I minored in at NKU.
I worked in Corporate Communications for The E.W. Scripps Co. during the past summer,where I wrote articles for and worked on Scripps News,the company's intranet news site.
Any news outlet may use Scripps Howard Foundation Wire stories,photographs and videos as long as the wire gets credit and the reporter gets a byline.