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 for telling deep stories that make an impact.

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

View my most recent stories below:

Black Friday during a pandemic: Less crowded, shorter lines

The day after Thanksgiving is usually packed full with crowds searching for the best deals and doorbuster discounts, but — just like the rest of 2020 — this Black Friday was different. Stores and malls seemed no busier than an average day, and some maybe even slower. With a global pandemic and rising COVID-19 cases in the state, masks and social distancing were a requirement, with most stores lowering maximum capacity. Lulu Ahmad said she waited to go to Best Buy near Camelback Road and 20th S

State Route 87 reopens after trailer carrying hay crashes

State Route 87 is now open, after a partial closure due to a hay trailer crash. The trailer was near State Route 188 and loaded with hay when it rolled over, causing an accident involving an unspecified number of vehicles, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The Arizona Department of Transportation does not know when the lanes will reopen. SR 87 was closed northbound between milepost 219 and southbound at milepost 223 for several hours. The crash happened at milepost 226 arou

Arizona mayors call for state mask mandate, communication from governor to slow COVID-19

Mayors of four major Arizona cities gathered to call for a statewide mask mandate and address the rise in COVID-19 cases and the risks holiday and snowbird travelers will bring. A statewide mask mandate, a 14-day quarantine for people coming from out-of-state and enforcement on bad actors violating COVID-19 guidelines are among the asks from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero, Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans and Tolleson Mayor Anna Tovar. Gov. Doug Ducey recognized the science

3 people hurt in drive-by shooting outside of Phoenix business, 1 with life-threatening injuries

A drive-by shooting left three people injured early Friday morning, with one person sustaining life-threatening injuries, according to a statement from the Phoenix Police Department. Around 2 a.m. officers responded to a shooting at business near Central Avenue and Interstate 17. Two 26-year-old men and one 43-year-old man were standing outside when they were shot by people from a car. The shooter or shooters left the area. All three victims were taken to the hospital, one with life-threatenin

Loop 202 eastbound closed at Power Road after fatal crash, no estimate for reopening

The Loop 202 Santan Freeway was closed eastbound at Power Road in Mesa Friday after a fatal crash, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. A car hit and killed a pedestrian on the on-ramp at Power Road off the eastbound lanes of the 202 freeway, said Bart Grave, spokesperson for Arizona DPS. The driver remained on scene. The Arizona Department of Transportation said there is no estimated reopening time and suggests motorists use an alternate route, like the eastbound U.S. 60 Supe

Phoenix police reviewing death of Lori Vallow's 3rd ex-husband

Phoenix police are reviewing the death of Lori Vallow's third ex-husband, Joseph Ryan, after new evidence cast doubts on whether Ryan died of natural causes, the department confirmed Friday. In a recording given to The Arizona Republic by Annie Cushing, Ryan's sister, Vallow can be heard justifying murder through Scriptures just months later. Ryan and Vallow are the parents of Tylee Ryan, whose body was found with that of Vallow's other child, Joshua "JJ" Vallow, in June at the Idaho home of C

Phoenix police officers shoot armed man who ran from them near 19th Avenue and Indian School Road

Phoenix police officers shot a 35-year-old man who was running away from them after a confrontation near 19th Avenue and Indian School Road early Friday morning, according to a statement from the department. The statement said officers responded shortly before 6 a.m. to a call of a man assaulting a woman near a sidewalk at an intersection. When officers approached the man, he "took off running and pulled out a gun" from his waistband area and pointed it at himself, according to officials. The

Ironman Arizona canceled as a precaution due to COVID-19 case increase

The Ironman Arizona triathlon schedule for Nov. 22 was canceled Thursday as a precaution, due to concerns over the rise in cases of new coronavirus, the organization announced in an emailed statement. Although a half-Ironman was successful in October and the organization's proposed heath and safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 "satisfied" regional safety and health authorities, a rise in cases in and around Tempe has prevented the event to go as planned. Ironman Arizona would

1 dead, 2 injured in Glendale crash near 63rd Avenue, Union Hills Road

A car crash Saturday evening in Glendale left one dead and two injured, according to a statement from Glendale Police Department. Officers responded to the collision near Midwestern University around 11:15 p.m. They determined that one car rear-ended the other while traveling eastbound from 63rd Avenue on Union Hills Road in the same lane. The car that was hit had four passengers. A man in the backseat driver's side was pronounced dead at the scene and a 12-year-old girl who was in the passeng

Phoenix police looking for driver of SUV in fatal hit-and-run pedestrian collision

Phoenix police are looking for the driver of an SUV that hit and killed a pedestrian on Thursday night near 83rd Avenue and Thomas Road. Bradley Mahler, 56, was crossing 83rd Avenue outside of a crosswalk around 10:45 p.m. when he was struck by the SUV, according to a statement from the Police Department. The SUV drove away from the scene. Mahler was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead. There is no additional description of the SUV at this time, police said. The department

Crash in Phoenix into a brick wall and palm tree leaves 1 dead

A collision near Northern Avenue and Sixteenth Lane on Saturday left one dead and four uninjured, according to a statement from Phoenix police. Joseph Robles-Romero, 19, crashed his 1995 Lexus into a Honda minivan while traveling westbound on Northern Avenue around 4 p.m. A 39-year-old woman with four passengers in the minivan was driving southbound on Sixteenth Lane and attempted to make a left turn when she was hit by Robles-Romero's car. His car continued west and collided with a brick wall

Mesa man arrested on suspicion of driving in circles on Loop 202, barricading in car

A Mesa man is facing several possible criminal charges, including drug possession, after he was caught "doing donuts, burnouts and driving in circles" on Loop 202 Red Mountain freeway early Friday morning, according to law enforcement officials. Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesperson Raul Garcia said they received a report of the activity on Loop 202 and Val Vista Road just before 5 a.m. The suspect exited the freeway and drove into Mesa, where he continued to "spin the tires and dri

Protesters' indictments on gang-related charges criticized by attorneys, advocates

Gang-related charges brought by a Maricopa County prosecutor against 15 people protesting police violence drew condemnation from attorneys and community advocates, who said the charges were far too harsh and could intimidate people from exercising their free-speech rights. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office suggested the charges to a grand jury, which returned the indictment last week. The protesters worked together so they couldn't get arrested and turned violent when officers apprehended

Women gather at Phoenix courthouse to protest Amy Coney Barrett's planned confirmation

About 20 women, most of whom are attorneys, dressed in red cloaks and white hoods, walked synchronized in silence in front of the Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse in downtown Phoenix on Sunday to honor late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and to protest the plan to replace her with Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Christina Carter, an attorney who has represented many people arrested at protests against police violence this year, was one of the organizers for the event. The cloaks and hood

Phoenix area could see rain Sunday and 'winter-like' weather Monday and Tuesday

After a summer full of broken heat records, winter weather will visit Arizona for two days. Phoenix will cool down to a high of 68 degrees Monday and Tuesday while northern Arizona embarks on its first snow of the season. The temperature drop is large, coming from a Sunday high of 86 degrees. Jaret Rogers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix, said the last time weather like this happened in October was in 2018. Usually, he said, October weather is in the 80s and 90s. W

Attendees of pro-Trump caravan say Cardinals player DeAndre Hopkins flipped them off

People participating in a caravan of hundreds of vehicles circling Valley highways as a parade of sorts for President Donald Trump say Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins swerved through the caravan and flipped people off. People who said they were in the caravan posted photos on Twitter of Hopkins giving the middle finger while driving a Ferrari convertible around 1:30 p.m. In the images, he is wearing a distinctive shirt that he was seen wearing when he arrived at State Farm Stadi

Are temps in the 70s really coming to Phoenix next week? Here's what we know

The 90-degree weather in Phoenix will be taking a break as a northwest storm system cools down the Valley as early as Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service. The high temperature forecast for Monday in Phoenix is 73 degrees — yes, that's the high — with a low of 53 degrees. Tuesday may be slightly cooler, with an expected high of 71 degrees. The weather service expects Phoenix to warm up to the low 80s by the end of next week. Paul Iniguez, a meteorologist at the weather servi

Drivers dead, 2 children and baby injured in head-on collision in Buckeye; traffic restricted

Two people are dead after a head-on collision on Friday morning at Buckeye and Turner roads, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office said in a statement that deputies were dispatched about 4:40 a.m. to the scene, where the two cars were involved in the collision. The drivers of both vehicles died. One car had a male driver who was pronounced dead at the crash, and the other had a female driver with two children and a baby. The woman was taken to a hospital and
Load More Articles

Subscribe to get sent a digest of new articles by Chloe Jones

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.