I will be graduating with both a bachelor's and master's degree in journalism after attending four total years of college, in May 2025.

I have reported on a wide array of topics, including local government, sports, international politics, education, agriculture and more.

Myself (left) and former co-editor-in-chief of The Kirkwood Call Amara Harper (right) being honored by the Missouri Senate for speaking in favor of the Cronkite New Voices Act on March 3, 2021.

About Me

Growing up, I always loved writing. My passion began with an obsession of collecting journals. I had shelves upon shelves filled with notebooks, each organized by what they contained (pink meant diary, blue was poetry, yellow was random ideas I had throughout the day, etc.). 

As I grew older, my writing matured with me. I grew less fond of fictional writing and found myself more interested in reading biographies. In seventh grade, my middle school founded a school newspaper. I joined and wrote my first article, which covered whether middle school dating should be allowed or not. From that point on, I fell in love with journalism.

I graduated from writing about middle school relationships to school board policies, sex trafficking, drug abuse and more for my high school paper, The Kirkwood Call. During my time at this publication, I held my first editorial position as the magazine's editor-in-chief. 

Attending the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the first and best in the nation, is both an honor and a privilege. I continue to learn by doing, as per the Missouri Method, and appreciate every learning opportunity I am given. 

Currently, I am a Mizzou football reporter and an assistant city editor for city/county government at the Columbia Missourian. At MU, I am earning both my bachelor's and master's degrees at the same time. I am set to graduate with a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in reporting + writing and cross-platform editing + producing in May 2024, as well as a master's degree in data + investigative journalism in May 2025.

As I earn my master's degree, I hope to incorporate my interest in freedom of the press through my thesis. Specifically, I am researching how prior review and censorship in high school publications effects the likelihood of student journalists entering the field or studying journalism upon graduating. As the nationwide News Voices Act is being adopted in more states each year, I hope to investigate a fraction of whether instating prior review in education-based media is more beneficial or harmful in the incorporation and practice of journalism.

I hope to pursue my passion for investigative journalism post-graduation. I hold a few topics near my heart, such as college football, sex trafficking and union coverage. I'd love to cover these and more throughout my career as a reporter.