I’m a journalist reporting on health, science, environment and social justice. I’m currently with Valley Public Radio in Fresno, CA, where my work is regularly rebroadcast with KQED’s The California Report and on national NPR shows including All Things Considered and Morning Edition.


I come to journalism indirectly by way of field geology, where I learned to be curious and to get my hands dirty. It took a few years with mining companies, the U.S. government, and grad school before learning that what really interests me is not policy or energy or scientific study itself, but people—and how we interact with all of those things. Since transitioning into journalism, I’ve produced work for over 25 media outlets, taught journalism to college students, and won a variety of reporting awards and fellowships.


When I’m not in front of a computer or behind a microphone, I’m likely biking to the rock climbing gym, practicing my violin, or sewing a retro cocktail dress. Cooking is my therapy.

Awards and recognition:

  • 2017: California Health Journalism Fellow (USC Center For Health Journalism)

  • 2017: 2nd Place, Best Podcast (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated)

  • 2017: Three Golden Mike Awards for feature reporting (Radio & Television News Association of Southern California)

  • 2015: STEM Story Award fellow (Public Radio Exchange)




  • Certificate of Science Communication (2015); University of California, Santa Cruz

  • B.Sc., Earth and Planetary Sciences (2008); McGill University; Montreal, QC, Canada

Photo: Collecting the sounds of life in the village of Nkwamwasi, Tanzania, on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. No, the sheep never did bahh for me.

Credit: Jes Therkelsen

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