Journalist of the Year Portfolio

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...all I can truly say about this thing we call journalism is that it's completely shaped the person I am today.

There's something utterly magical and indescribable about journalism's role in my life. Whenever I try to articulate what it's meant to me, I feel like I always fall short.

There are too many stories, too many interviews, too many memorable moments, inspiringly ambitious ideas, challenging lessons learned and too much blood, sweat and tears to ever be able to articulate these last four years to someone who hasn't experienced them with me.

But I hope this website gets pretty close.

So if you've made it this far, thank you. Thank you for taking the time to let me show you the positive impact my work in journalism has had on my life — and hopefully the lives of those around me. Call it a hobby, call it a potential career, call it a passion, a college major or anything else that might fit your definition — because all I can truly say about this thing we call journalism is that it's completely shaped the person I am today.

I'll always be grateful for the opportunity to represent and speak on behalf of my community. From responding to shootings in my city to repudiating the racism of one school alumnus and interviewing influential politicians, I have been able to spark reconciliation, conversation and change in my community — sparks which I believe are the most humbling part and highest calling for any journalist.

Despite what some may think, journalism is not just about writing stories. At its core, journalism is a cycle of listening and responding. It's about meeting new people, building new relationships, learning to lead effectively and telling stories that matter. Journalism is too much to ever put into words. But it's a passion defined by ambition, impact and truth when every inch of this passion is embraced, well... at its core.