I am a passionate, career-minded writer and digital storyteller. Over the last two years, I have worked as a reporter for two newspapers with very little training. In August, I was promoted to my current role as editor of the Valley Stream Herald — a local print newspaper and website — as well as its companion Facebook page, which has thousands of followers. In 2014, I earned my undergraduate degree in Film Studies from Hofstra University with a minor in English.

As a journalist I have had a strong track record of finding unique angles into stories that help deliver to readers what our competitors cannot. At the Herald, I’ve helped expand our coverage by creating and executing several news and feature series. I supervise a reporter in addition to writing, reporting and copy editing the Herald’s print publication, for which I’ve written about education, culture, religion, politics, business and industrial development.

I’ve consistently taken it upon myself to expand my skill set beyond what my employers require of me. Most recently, I created an ambitious aural-storytelling project titled “In the Field,” which is a 30-minute podcast that chronicles the experiences of international and local journalists as they hustle to keep up with the industry.

Prior to my work as a journalist, I created content for online magazines, interned with the script department of a network TV show and worked as a production assistant in the entertainment industry. In all of these positions I’ve perfected my ability to keep cool under pressure — prioritizing my own schedule, meeting deadlines and solving unanticipated problems.

When I’m not working, I’m usually working. I’m an animal lover, and an amateur gardener. Three of my favorite films are Harold and MaudeEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and The Breakfast Club. I enjoy the hybrid genre known as “dramedy,” though I insist it be called “crama.” Ever since her SNL days, I’ve been head over heels in love with Amy Poehler. I love the dark humor of Louie C.K. and Sarah Silverman. I like piña colodas but not getting caught in the rain.

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“If you listen carefully, people explain to you what it is that they need.” — Rick Rubin