Trading words for dollars was a childhood dream. That dream became reality in 2008 when I started The Word Trade as a project for an independent study class at UNC Charlotte. Today, I work full time as a independent journalist.
I’m a member of the Freelancer’s Union, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists, (co-founder of the Greater Charlotte Society of Professional Journalists).
Some current and former clients include Mother Jones, The Huffington Post, Charlotte magazine, the Carolina Weekly Newspapers, Creative Loafing, Crossroads Charlotte, The Mecklenburg Times, Qcitymetro.com, Skirt! Magazine and The Charlotte Observer.
My work ranges from covering everyday news to an ongoing (now four-year) investigation into coal ash, America’s second-largest waste stream, after mining waste. I’ve also written numerous op-ed pieces for Creative Loafing, Charlotte’s alt-weekly.
My current project is Coal Ash Chronicles. I’m working on a series of short documentaries and a book on the topic. My goal is to collect stories from all sides of the issue, and my research has already taken me as far as Alaska. (Yes, I drove! Here are some photos.)