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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 as well as hold power to account. Open to relocation.

View my most recent stories below:

Sheriff candidate Jerry Sheridan wants to use 'skunk water' on protesters

Jerry Sheridan, the Republican candidate for Maricopa County sheriff, hosted around 40 people at his Fort McDowell home on Sunday to watch a demonstration of what he said could be used in crowd control: "skunk water." It's not actually the liquid skunk spray, but it's designed to smell just as bad. Sheridan is running against Democratic incumbent Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone. He said he held the demonstration to show how he will address civil unrest, such as protests against police vio

'Glad the summer heat is over': Phoenix sees its coolest morning since May

After breaking the record for the most days in a year at or above 100 degrees, Phoenix has begun to cool off. Sunday morning was the coolest morning since May 21 at 65 degrees, according to the National Weather Servicein Phoenix. The high for Sunday is forecast to be 96 degrees. Derek Hodges, a weather forecaster with NWS, said less daylight could be connected with the cooler temperatures because the sun has less time to heat up Phoenix and longer nights gives the city more time to cool off. H

Horse Fire burns nearly 9,000 acres as of Sunday: Crown King area still evacuated

The Horse Fire continues to burn near Prescott, reaching nearly 9,000 acres Sunday, and it has a high spread potential, according to Prescott National Forest officials. The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team took command of the fire response Sunday. The fire is burning seven miles northwest of Crown King and 18 miles south of Prescott, officials said in a statement. Residents in Crown King and other nearby areas are under evacuation. The fire is 0% contained and has grown to 8,950

Hundreds gather for candlelit vigil celebrating life of 11-year-old Chandler boy

Hundreds gathered Friday to celebrate the life of an 11-year-old Chandler boy who died in a watercraft crash in Utah. Family, friends, classmates and teachers of Ethan David Law gathered at the Amberwood Park, which is adjacent to Chandler Traditional Academy's Goodman campus, where Law attended school. They shared tears and happy memories in remembrance of an "unforgettable" sixth-grader. Officials said Ethan was injured on Oct. 5 at Sand Hollow State Park near St. George, Utah when two perso

Gila County woman says she was forced to drink from jail toilet in lawsuit against Sheriff's Office

A 63-year-old woman has filed a lawsuit against the Gila County Sheriff's Office alleging she was falsely imprisoned, assaulted and the county intentionally inflicted emotional distress upon her after she was forced to drink toilet water in the county jail. Tamara Barnicoat, a grandmother who lives in Miami, Arizona, was arrested on Oct. 10, 2019, during a mental health crisis, the lawsuit said. She spent 27 days without her medication prescribed to treat bipolar disorder and depression before

Man arrested after 1 dead, 1 injured in early morning shooting Sunday in Phoenix

Two men with gunshot wounds in Phoenix were taken to a hospital early Sunday morning, where one was later pronounced dead, police said. Officers responded to a call about neighbors fighting and gunshots heard near Van Buren Street and 67th Avenue in Phoenix just before 2 a.m. When they arrived, they found two men. Arturo Rios, 33, died at the hospital and the other man, 41, sustained injuries that were not life threatening, according to Phoenix Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Maggie Cox. J

Video shows airplane 'belly' landing after landing gear malfunction in Mesa

An airplane with a landing gear failure landed safely on its belly in Mesa on Sunday. Fire and medical airport crews responded to a report of a plane experiencing hydraulic failure with the landing gear, according to Mike Castillo, Mesa Fire and Medical Department captain. The plane was a privately owned North American T-6 military-style aircraft and had two passengers on board at the time of the incident. Tower operators instructed the passengers to fly around to burn fuel before attempting

Mohave County SWAT team fatally shoot Kingman male who shot at them

A Mohave County Sheriff's Office SWAT team shot and killed a male on Saturday after Mohave County deputies responded to a welfare check for a possibly suicidal subject and he shot at them. According to a Facebook post from Mohave County Sheriff's Office, dispatch received a call for a welfare check for a male who was possibly suicidal, and while en route received several calls from neighbors who heard gunshots coming from the home. According to the post, victims say the male shot at them but t

Man wanted for child molestation in Mississippi arrested in Tucson

A man who is wanted for allegedly molesting a 4-year-old relative in Mississippi was arrested in Tucson by the U.S. Marshals Service Friday. Officials in Stone County, Mississippi, issued a warrant for Augustus Brook's arrest on Aug. 7, according to a statement from the U.S. Marshals Service in Tucson. The warrant said Brook, 62, "willfully, unlawfully, and feloniously" molested a 4-year-old girl who he is related to "for the purpose of gratifying his lust or indulging in his depraved, licenti

Rollover crash injures 1, briefly closes State Route 179 near Village of Oak Creek

A driver was hospitalized after his pickup truck rolled over on State Route 179 near the Village of Oak Creek, briefly closing the highway. The truck was traveling southbound when it rolled on the right shoulder of the highway and came to rest on its wheels around 2:20 p.m. Sunday just south of Oak Creek, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The driver was the only passenger and was unresponsive at the scene, DPS said. The northbound lanes of the highway closed to allow a heli

Diverging diamond interchange opens at Interstate 17 and Happy Valley Road

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced Sunday that the new diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 17 and Happy Valley Road opened for traffic on Sunday, replacing what had been roundabouts since 2001. The diverging diamond design includes intersections and traffic signals that allow drivers to cross and travel on the left side of the new bridge over Interstate 17, ADOT said in a statement. Motorists make direct left turns onto the freeway on-ramps instead of waiting in front of

Phoenix police: Fight between roommates ends with 2 dead in Laveen

A reported fight between roommates ended with two dead in Laveen on Sunday, according to a statement from Phoenix police. Phoenix police responded to the call just before 5 a.m. near Baseline Road and 51st Avenue. When they arrived at the scene they found two men with gunshot wounds. One was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was transported to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The men were 31 and 33, according to Phoenix police spokesperson Sgt. Maggie Cox. Police say d

Attorney General's Office indicts Customs and Border Protection officer on seven felonies

Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Friday that a state grand jury has indicted U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Elizabeth Landeros with seven felony charges. The indictment alleges that Landeros used various law enforcement databases that have access to border crossing history to search for a child her son was accused of raping in June 2018. She's alleged to have used the information she found in the databases to pressure her son's victim to recant the allegations. Landeros' s

Pedestrian hit and killed Friday morning, police say driver showed signs of impairment

A pedestrian died after being hit by a car early Friday morning near 31st Place and Thomas Road in Phoenix, according to a police statement. Phoenix police said they responded to the scene around 1:10 a.m. Friday. The pedestrian was crossing south on Thomas Road when he was hit by a car going east. The 63-year-old pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the 23-year-old driver showed signs of impairment and the investigation is ongoing. Get in touch with breaking news reporter

'It's caused us to become targets': 7 arrested in connection to Saturday protest

A protest calling for racial justice and equity began with mindful breathing, closed with a dance party and ended with seven arrests of protesters who were walking to their cars or already driving home Saturday evening. Earlier that evening, Lee Percy Christian — known as Percy — had given a speech to protesters about his experience being targeted by police. "We were in the streets, we were called civil disobedience, good trouble. But it's caused us to become targets," Christian said in the sp

Tuskegee Airman George Washington Biggs honored at funeral service

Funeral services celebrating the life of one of the last living original Tuskegee Airman in Arizona took place Friday morning at the World War II memorial in Wesley Bolin Plaza at the Capitol. George Washington Biggs, a Nogales native, died at the age of 95 in a Tucson senior care facility on Sept. 19, according to his daughter Rose Dickerson-Biggs. He served in World War II, the Vietnam War and the Korean War. The service opened with a honorary flyover salute provided by Luke Force Air Base a

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

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
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