After being invited to speak on a friend’s radio show (unbeknownst to me, he completely surprised me!) and talk entirely in Spanish about my experience as a foreign journalist in Buenos Aires – I had such a great time. I was always searching for fun ways to better my Spanish while engaging in activities that… [Read More]
From the beginning of my broadcast career I knew early on the type of journalism I wanted to pursue; I desired to bring to light topics that I believed were left amongst the ridges of society and overlooked. At 20 years old and still studying, and in some of my very first-ever broadcast stories, I embarked on these two radio pieces below on Prostitution and Asperger’s in College Students that played through our university’s radio station, Dispatch 40.
They eventually gained national recognition as they were an 8th placed finalist in the nationwide Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s Radio Competition, a program of The William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The pieces remain very special to me and even years later I am still proud of how I shared these two fascinating and tasking matters. I was deeply moved by the stories of my protagonists and their honesty and openness helped set in place my motivation for the type of documentary journalism I would continue to aspire to.
My next story topic, I spotlighted a young college student named Jeffrey who has Asperger’s. While adjusting to college is a struggle for most American students, I was curious to how someone with a disability especially adapts. Jeffery was so forthcoming with his hardships, and I found we spoke for what seemed like hours. The… [Read More]
My first story was on Katherine, a former prostitute for more that 2 decades who now runs an organization helping others like her get off the corner. Through her I met Carmen, a former prostitute who spoke of the absolute shame and agony her life of prostitution gave her. I spent a great deal with… [Read More]