Multimedia Storyteller | Photojournalist | Writer

I am a Phoenix-based freelance journalist and current graduate student in the inaugural cohort of the Masters in Investigative Journalism program at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Expected graduation in December 2020. 

Skills I’ve learned in this program range from financial statement comprehension to social work interviewing. Passion about telling deep stories that make an impact.

Seeking post-graduation opportunities to connect with and amplify community voices as well as hold power to account. Open to relocation.

View my most recent stories below:

Black Lives Matter mural organizer to host news conference on Phoenix's denial of street mural plan

A Phoenix activist will hold a press conference on Monday morning to address the city denying a request for a Black Lives Matter street mural. The conference will begin at 10 a.m. on the steps of City Hall in downtown Phoenix, said Gizette Knight, one of the organizers. She said she will be addressing inaccuracies in the city manager's letter denying the request and taking questions from the media. The proposed mural would have said "Black Lives Matter" on Third Street between Jefferson and Ja

Funeral service for Tohono O'odham police Officer Bryan Brown to be held on Saturday

A funeral service for Tohono O'odham police Officer Bryan Brown will be held Saturday in Sahuarita. Brown was killed Aug. 27 when he and other officers responded to a report of an armed and erratic driver. The service will begin at 10 a.m. at Desert Diamond Casino Sahuarita, according to a statement from the Tohono O'odham Nation. Only invited guests can attend inside the building, but there will be an overflow tent outside providing additional seating. COVID-19 precautions, such as face mask

9/11 tribute sends blue beams into Phoenix sky

Two royal blue light beams shot up into the sky in front of the state Capitol on Friday night and will remain there until sunrise Monday morning to honor the nearly 3,000 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. The beams represent the Twin Towers and were a part of a ceremony hosted by the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association and the Professional Firefighters of Arizona. The event was socially distanced with a limited number attending in person. Thousands watched the livestream and the Facebook video had

Fleeing chaos at home, Venezuelans flock to Panama

Photos and translation by Chloe Jones, words by Anthony Wallace Fleeing chaos, Venezuelans flock to Panama but struggle to find work PANAMA CITY, Panama – In Venezuela, Nelson Diaz worked as a pharmacist and lived in the suburbs in an “American-style” house with a big backyard covered in lush grass. Now he shares a cramped, dimly lit home with his brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew in a dangerous part of Panama City. Diaz, 27, makes $1,000 a month selling homemade empanadas to neighbors. His business enables him to send $100 each week to his mother;

Arizona National Guard dispatched to California to help fight wildfires

Thirty Arizona National Guard citizen-soldiers left on Friday to help fight the unprecedented number of wildfires in California. The group includes some citizen-soldiers who just returned from a two-and-a-half-week stintfighting the Salt and Griffin fires near Globe. They are certified in wildfire response, according to a statement from the Arizona National Guard. "It's kind of sad that this is going on — that we have to be called out in the first place — but I am pretty honored to help out in

ASU radio station manager does not resign, gains support from conservative politicians

Rae'Lee Klein, who was recently asked to step down as station manager for Arizona State University's student-run Blaze Radio, said she will not resign. Klein has taken to Twitter to show conservative politicians support her after she tweeted about Jacob Blake, a Black man who was paralyzed after Kenosha police officers shot him seven times in the back. Klein deleted and apologized for a tweet where she shared a New York Post article with the caption "Always more to the story, folks. Please rea

Phoenix police looking for motorcyclist after fatal hit-and-run collision with pedestrian

Phoenix police are looking for a motorcyclist who hit and killed a pedestrian crossing the intersection of 27th Avenue and Indian School Road on Thursday night. The pedestrian, a 48-year-old man, was crossing against a red light on 27th Avenue when the motorcycle collided with him, Phoenix Police Department said in a statement. The man died at a hospital. The motorcyclist immediately left the location and left the motorcycle behind. Police do not have a suspect description. Anyone with inform

State closes Mill Avenue bar for violating COVID-19 restrictions

A Mill Avenue bar in Tempe received a notice Sunday from the Arizona Department of Health Services ordering it to close for not complying with guidelines intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19. ADHS said the department has reason to believe Glow Shots and Cocktails was operating in violation of its signed attestation, an agreement where the business said it would comply with the reopening rules. The bar was not operating as a dine-in restaurant and was not enforcing social distancing, keep

Woman says she was hurt while being arrested in connection with protest she didn't attend

A Phoenix woman says police injured her while arresting her Friday in connection with a protest that she did not attend and for which charges against her were dropped the next day. Leslie Pico has been an active protester since late May, but she didn't attend the protest Friday commemorating the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. She had celebrated her 34th birthday the day before and said she was taking a bre

Mesa police arrest 8 people in undercover child sex sting

Eight people were arrested on suspicion of child sex crimes as a result of an undercover operation, Mesa Police Department said in a press release on Tuesday. During the operation, named Operation Vampire Cough, officers and undercover detectives posted ads on websites commonly visited by people who seek out illegal sex acts. People who responded to the ads were arrested. Twenty-three child sex deals were made online, which police say resulted in the arrests of Cody Watson, 29; Joshua Robinson

Phoenix rally planned in solidarity with March on Washington

Fifty-seven years ago, thousands of activists marched through Washington D.C., including Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis, to call for racial equality and justice. Tonight, activists will do the same locally. The W.E. Rising Project is hosting a demonstrative rally at 6 p.m. Friday at City Hall Plaza, 251 W. Washington St. "It's really an honor to be able to, even for a brief moment" stand on the shoulders of giants who helped pave the way for civil rights," said Jacob Raiford, communicat

Phoenix apartment fire displaces up to 100 people

An estimated 90 to 100 people were displaced after a west Phoenix apartment building caught fire early Friday, according to Phoenix Fire Department officials. Crews were dispatched to the building near Indian School Road and 20th Avenue around 3:30 a.m. after reports of fire coming from a second-story unit. Upon arrival, crews found the fire had spread from the second floor to the third floor. Tenants were evacuated, and no injuries are reported at this time. The Fire Department said crisis re

Forced out: Schools feed the juvenile prison population

Black students were suspended from school 3½ times more often than white students during the 2018-19 school year, according to a News21 analysis of 11 sample states and New York City, which collectively serve about half of all U.S. students. Despite making up just 15% of the sample student population, Black students received 32% of the 1.6 million suspensions analyzed by News21. Decades of issuing harsher punishments, including suspensions and expulsions, in the name of school safety has accelerated the flow of kids out of primary and secondary schools and into detention centers and prisons, often referred to as the school-to-prison pipeline.

60% of incarcerated kids have child welfare background

The child welfare and juvenile justice systems are meant to help the nation’s most vulnerable children, but the two are rarely in sync, and young people who have been part of both systems make up more than half of those who get in trouble with the law. “Once a child enters the child welfare system, the decisions made for that child by the child welfare system may, in fact, be pushing the kid towards juvenile justice,” said Denise Herz, a criminal justice professor at California State University, Los Angeles and one of the few researchers who has been studying so-called crossover kids, or dual-status youth, for years.

Exploring self-image through art

When Jayanti Demps-Howell was 9 years old, he was suspended from school in Flint, Michigan, for a cartoon superhero drawing he had made at home and brought to school. He had done the same thing plenty of times before — drawing artwork at home and then bringing it to school. When he was upset about receiving a bad grade, he expressed his feelings through his drawings. He drew a cartoon strip of a teacher entering a classroom giving out bad grades, and a superhero blowing her up. He was suspende

‘Super-Predators’: A myth that left a legacy

During the mid to late 1990s, a fear of violent youth crime swept the nation, fueled by inaccurate estimates from criminologists and media reports. A substantial rise in youth violent crime in the 1980s through early ‘90s prompted criminologist and then-Princeton University professor John DiIulio to write an article in 1995 predicting that a new breed of juveniles were going to terrorize the nation: “super-predators.” The youth violent crime rate began to significantly decrease that same year,

‘Young Kings’: School empowers students beyond classroom

When Ron Brown College Preparatory High School first opened in Washington, D.C., in 2016, some community members initially pushed back. In a Washington Post article, people commented that the “young kings” sounded like a gang and accused the school of segregating D.C. students. But this didn’t stop Ron Brown College Prep from creating a safe space for its Black male students using restorative justice principles as a foundation. Instead, “young kings” who enter through the doors of the high scho

What was lost in Brown v. Board of Education

In most schools, the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education is taught as a major victory for reaching equality in education. The 1954 decision desegregated schools and united Black and white students under one roof. What they don’t mention is what the nation lost after Brown versus Board of Education, and how it laid the groundwork for the school-to-prison pipeline. In a 2019 study by Princeton University, researchers found that Black students were three times more likely to b

Republican JP candidate: Blacks ‘blame slavery’ for problems they caused

In response to an Instagram post showing support for Black Lives Matter demonstrators, GOP justice of the peace candidate Michael Irish wrote that it was “time to start putting these idiots in their place.” Irish, who is running to be a justice of the peace in the Moon Valley district in north Phoenix, also said that Black Americans were actually to blame for the police violence against George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Dion Johnson and others that sparked nationwide Black Lives Matter protests calling for an end to systemic racism in policing.
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