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:

Drive-thru event combines voter registration with handing out food boxes and supplies

Organizers expected about 3,000 attendees at an event Sunday that took a notable approach to registering people to vote, by offering free boxes of food and supplies at the same time. Cars lined up Sunday morning in the Phoenix College parking lot near Thomas Road and SeventhAvenue to register to vote and pick up groceries, diapers, children's books and clothing. Drivers flowed through a loop, with volunteers handing out boxes asking if people in the vehicle would like to register to vote on th

With 130 days at or over 100 degrees, Phoenix is having 2nd hottest year on record

Phoenix weather has broken many records this year — the hottest summer, 50 days of 110-degree heat, and some of the hottest months — but will it break another? Sunday solidified 2020 in the number two spot for the hottest year ever recorded, with 130 days at or above 100 degrees, according to meteorologist Issac Smith with the National Weather Service in Phoenix. First place is held by 1984, which had 143 days at or above 100 degrees. "We've broken a lot of records this year, so I wouldn't be

Rally calls for an end to mask mandates, end to COVID-19 executive orders

Around 50 people gathered in front of the Arizona Capitol building Friday to protest Gov. Doug Ducey's executive order on COVID-19 and to call for an end to mask mandates. Dawn Garcia, one of the organizers of the event, said she and her friend decided to plan the event after joining a Facebook group called Great 48, which has organized similar events earlier this year. She said she saw how people were feeling suppressed and wanted to reach out to do something that could make a change. The eve

Phoenix crash leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

A collision near McDowell Road and 26th Street in Phoenix left one person dead and three injured late Thursday evening. Phoenix police officers responded to a call around 9 p.m. and found two significantly damaged vehicles. A statement from Phoenix police said Tori Rivero, who was driving one of the vehicles, crossed into oncoming traffic at a high speed and her vehicle collided with the other vehicle, which had three occupants. Rivero was pronounced dead at the scene, and the occupants in the

ASU to end in-person classes early, switch to remote learning after Thanksgiving

Arizona State University announced Friday that students will end in-person classes early this semester and switch to a fully remote learning model after Thanksgiving break. Students received the email from ASU Provost Mark Searle at 4:20 p.m. The email also said that final exams will bump up a week and be held on the last day of class, now starting on Nov. 30 instead of Dec. 7. Also, graduation ceremonies will be held online only. ASU announced Thursday that 1,580 students have tested positive

Group outside Phoenix ICE office protests alleged unwanted hysterectomies for migrants

A group of more than 20 people gathered in front of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building Sunday to speak out against the agency's practices in detention centers — most recently the alleged forced sterilization of women. The Department of Homeland Security announced last week it is looking into a whistleblower complaint that claimed federal immigration detainees in Georgia underwent unnecessary gynecological surgeries — including full hysterectomies — without their consent. "Wi

Police arrest 18-year-old man in southern Phoenix fatal shooting

Police arrested 18-year-old Deavione Jones on suspicion of fatally shooting a 49-year-old man on Thursday evening in southern Phoenix, officials announced on Friday morning. Jones is accused of shooting Michael Hatcher near 16th Street and Southern Avenue, according to Phoenix police. Police said Jones is the son of Hatcher's ex-girlfriend. Officers found Hatcher at the location with a gunshot wound, and he was pronounced dead. According to a statement, police say there was an altercation befo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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