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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 staff writer 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 America’s most famous basketball family. I wrote about the devastating suicide of a 13-year-old football player named James Ransom, whose death triggered larger questions about concussions, mental illness and football. I wrote about Andraya Yearwood, a Black transgender girl and state medalist runner in Connecticut, who faces prejudice on the track. I profiled Lakers forward Brandon Ingram and the perfectionism that helps and hurts him. I’ve also profiled Nassir Little, a projected lottery pick for North Carolina who suddenly finds himself on the bench, finding his way on a difficult, unconventional path. I captured the vibrant but disruptive personality that shut three-time Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson out of the NBA, while also profiling LA Rams coach Sean McVay, the NFL’s youngest head coach, as well as Aaron Donald, the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, Davante Adams, the Packers’ No. 1 wide receiver, Liz Cambage, the unapologetic WNBA star.

Prior to B/R, I contributed features to (espnW). I was also a staff writer for the Orange County Register from 2013-17, writing features on all sports. I’ve also written for Sports Illustrated, SLAM Magazine, Los Angeles Daily News, SB Nation and Teen Vogue. I’m a proud graduate of Occidental College (Class of 2013). Before Oxy, I played basketball my freshman year at Lewis & Clark College.

I was named a Top Woman in Media by Folio Magazine in the “Up and Comer” category for 2019. My work has been honored by The Associated Press of Sports Editors (APSE), as I won Top 10 honors for Best Feature Story in the 2019 contest for my B/R story on James Ransom, finishing fifth nationally. I also won first place in the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) 2017 Best Writing Contest for magazine-length features for my B/R story on Mo’ne Davis. My B/R story on Rams coach Sean McVay finished as a finalist in the 2018 Los Angeles Press Club Annual Journalism Awards in the online sports feature category, and an honorable mention selection in the 2018 Football Writers Association of America contest in the features category. My story on professional skateboarder Brighton Zeuner made the “Notable Sports Writing of 2016” in the 2017 Best American Sports Writing book. My work has also been honored twice by the Orange County Press Club. I’ve spoken about sports feature writing and storytelling at several university journalism classes, including UC Berkeley, University of Virginia, Middlebury College, Chapman University, Cal Lutheran University and Cal State Fullerton.

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