I am interested in the intersection of media, culture, and policy.
For the last decade, I’ve worked in public media, ranging from NPR affiliates to local Public, Educational and Government (PEG) television. I also serve as the chair of the Alliance for Community Media Northwest, advocating for and representing the interests of public media in the region.
I was the chief video editor on Beyond Burkas and Bombers (2013), which received a NATAS NW Emmy Nomination for Collegiate Non-Fiction as well as the Mark of Excellence in Collegiate Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists. My most recent documentary, Namibia Nine (2015), focused on the education and professional accomplishments of nine Namibian exchange students who returned to their homeland to rebuild their democratic nation post-apartheid.
My professional and academic interests and experience are related to e-government, democracies and civic engagement. While an EMPA candidate, I developed an initial survey on trust-building efforts of local administrators in response to the polarizing impacts of the 2016 Presidential Election. The aim of this research was to better understand how administrators can respond to these challenges through the use of technology and community engagement strategies.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Pacific Lutheran University, with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies (’14) and an Executive Master of Public Administration (’19) at Portland State University.