I’m an immigration reporter for the USA Today Network, specifically the Asbury Park Press and the North Jersey Record.

As a college student in Boston, I uncovered complaints that a new professor with multiple perks had abandoned her class to promote her book. I covered the chaos of the Boston Marathon bombing and the manhunt that brought the city to a halt.

As an intern in Indiana, I explored the city’s startup culture and chronicled a teen pilot’s dream of flying around the world until his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean.

In New Jersey, I captured the fallout of the Dharun Ravi case after his roommate, Tyler Clementi, killed himself. I have covered murders and fires and police threats, while trying to highlight the humanity in the face of these grisly incidents.

Now I write about immigration, ranging from undocumented migrants in New Jersey to their U.S. citizen allies and enemies who want them deported. I’ve written about a mother who fought to rescue her two sons, who were abducted in Brazil; a green card holder whose past came back to haunt him; and Indonesian Christians who fled religious persecution back home and are still fighting for a chance to “become legal.”

And that just a snippet of the last five years. I can only imagine what stories I’ll have the privilege to share in the next five years.

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