Lover of Mexican Food.
The eldest of two girls, I grew up in central Illinois, where books and writing served as my escape from living among the cornfields. After graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in editorial journalism, followed by a summer biking across the country, I moved to Chicago in 2010 to pursue a career in media.
Now an Atlanta resident, I currently cover health and health care policy for WABE, the city's NPR station, with an emphasis on investigative reporting. I'm also a member of NPR and Kaiser Health News' team of reporters covering health care in the states. Though no longer a general assignment reporter, I still dabble in state and local politics, public affairs and anything else that's going on. My work has been published by NPR, Marketplace, Chicago Tribune, WBEZ, Chicago magazine and Serious Eats.
For me, journalism is as much about being the first person to break a story as it is writing something that provides a service to the community. That very passion for sharing information and informing others is what initially drew me to this field and continues to keep motivating me every day.
When I'm not working, I like to spend my time cooking, eating spicy food, watching a Chicago Bulls or Bears game, reading, climbing and biking.