633 N. Orange Avenue
As a member of the Orlando Sentinel's Breaking News Team, I cover everything from homicides to wildfires to Florida's prescription drug epidemic. You can often find me in a courthouse, as I cover federal court in Orlando and often criminal and civil cases in Orange County. We strive to get our news online as fast as possible, so I'm well-versed with Twitter and other social media tools used to interact and alert readers, such as moderating live chats for breaking news events. Not one to shy away from complicated issues, I enjoy the challenge of investigative and watchdog reporting.
I began my journalism career with The (Lakeland) Ledger, where I was a police reporter for two years. Since joining the Orlando Sentinel in 2004 as a general assignment reporter, I've covered the kidnapping and murder of Jessica Lunsford; the first-degree murder case against Casey Anthony; federal trials of men who exploited children across the country; investigated a nurse accused of preying on patients at Central Florida hospitals; and spent countless days witnessing and reporting on hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes. I frequently cover national news, including the controversial story of teenage runaway Rifqa Bary and SeaWorld whale trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was killed while working. I am the lead reporter behind the Sentinel's ongoing Rx for Danger series, which takes an in-depth look at issues related to Florida's prescription drug epidemic. I've received journalism awards from the Florida Society of News Editors and the South Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.