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, human-interest features on all sports. My goal is to tell interesting, compelling stories about people that happen to play sports. I’ve profiled people at all levels of sport, from NBA to NFL to NCAA to WNBA to high school and to youth sports. I traveled to freezing-cold Prienai, Lithuania, for three weeks to profile LaMelo Ball and LaVar Ball, chronicling the chaos surrounding America’s most famous basketball family. I profiled NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Alex Antetokounmpo, his youngest brother, to tell a tale about brotherhood, manhood, loss, and hoops. I’ve tackled sensitive topics, such as the suicide of a 13-year-old football player named James Ransom, and the questions it raised about CTE, mental health and youth sports; as well as brain trauma and CTE in U.S. Women’s Soccer, and the prejudice that a Black transgender runner named Andraya Yearwood faces to compete.
I’ve written about struggle and redemption, profiling Roberto Aguayo, the greatest college kicker who suddenly couldn’t make a kick once he reached the NFL; and Nassir Little, a once sure NBA lottery pick that suddenly found himself navigating life from the bench under legendary North Carolina coach Roy Williams. I’ve written about sports culture from unique vantage points, such as following the FBI college basketball scandal through the eyes of two pariahs; and writing about the difficulties (and joys) of the WNBA by spending a week on the road with the Las Vegas Aces. I’ve profiled standout NBA players such as Brandon Ingram, Marcus Smart, Ja Morant and Nate Robinson; NFL players such as Davante Adams and Aaron Donald; WNBA players such as Liz Cambage and U.S. Women’s National Soccer players such as Mallory Pugh.
Folio Magazine named me a Top Woman in Media in the “Up and Comer” category in 2019. The Associated Press of Sports Editors (APSE) awarded my James Ransom story with Top 10 honors for Best Feature Story in 2019. I also won first place in the 2019 Los Angeles Press Club Journalism Awards for best sports feature for my LaMelo Ball story; first place in the 2019 Orange County Press Club Awards for my James Ransom story; as well as first place in the 2017 U.S. Basketball Writers Association Best Writing Contest for magazine-length features for my story on Mo’ne Davis. My work has also been honored by the Pro Basketball Writers Association and the Football Writers Association of America. I am featured in the “Notable Sports Writing” in the 2017 Best American Sports Writing book for a story on professional skateboarder Brighton Zeuner. I am a member of the Association for Women in Sports Media, where I was a member of their 2018-19 “Champions” class.
Prior to B/R, I contributed features to ESPN.com (espnW). I was also a staff writer for the Orange County Register from 2013-17. I’ve also written for Sports Illustrated, SLAM Magazine, Los Angeles Daily News and SB Nation. I’m a proud graduate of Occidental College (Class of 2013). Before Oxy, I played basketball my freshman year at Lewis & Clark College. 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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