In fifth grade I became the first girl to join my elementary school’s all-boys basketball team. The boys didn’t like it, they didn’t pass me the ball, they guarded me tougher than usual, even pushing me to the ground and sending me to the Emergency Room once. But I loved the challenge, so I kept coming back. I’m still coming back. Hoops led me to writing. Writing leads me back to hoops.
Now I’m a writer-at-large for Bleacher Report’s B/R Mag, writing long-form features on all sports. I love to write human-interest stories that go beyond the box score. I traveled to freezing-cold Prienai, Lithuania for three weeks to profile LaMelo Ball and the chaos surrounding him. I wrote about the inner demons living in former three-time NBA Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson. I sought to find out what drives Sean McVay, the NFL’s youngest head coach, and who exactly Lonzo Ball, the ‘savior’ of the Lakers, really is. I’ve profiled future pros, too, like Villanova SF Mikal Bridges, Louisville SG Asia Durr, as well as national No. 1 football recruits Justin Fields and Kayvon Thibodeaux. My story on Mo’ne Davis, the little-league phenom turned hoop star, won first place in the U.S. Basketball Writers Association 2017 Best Writing Contest for magazine-length features. My story on Sean McVay finished as a finalist in the 2018 Los Angeles Press Club Annual Journalism Awards.
Prior to B/R, I contributed features to ESPN.com (espnW), such as chronicling the harrowing journey of two Philly lacrosse players battling poverty and racism, and writing about a brave Oregon State volleyball player speaking out about mental illness. My espnW story on pro skateboarder Brighton Zeuner made the “Notable Sports Writing of 2016” in the 2017 Best American Sports Writing. I was a staff sports writer for the Orange County Register from 2013-17, writing features on all sports. My investigative story on California’s crisis with athletic trainers won second place for “Best Sports Story” at the 2018 OC Press Club’s annual writing awards. My story on the Imperials, a pioneering Japanese-American basketball team from Southern California, won second place for “Best Sports Story” at the 2017 OC Press Club’s annual writing awards. I’ve also written for Sports Illustrated, The Athletic, SLAM Magazine, Los Angeles Daily News, SB Nation and Teen Vogue.
I’m a proud graduate of Occidental College. Before Oxy, I played basketball my freshman year at Lewis & Clark College.