I'm an investigative journalist from Chicago. I cover politics, police, and movement organizing. My reporting is focused on uncovering abuse and corruption, while amplifying the voices and highlighting the daily struggles of the city's residents.
I am currently a senior editor at South Side Weekly.
During the 2023 Chicago municipal election, I was the news editor at The TRiiBE. I led the newsroom's investigations and political coverage, and broke multiple stories about the candidates and the race.
From January 2022 to 2023, I was the news editor at the Chicago Reader. I oversaw more than a dozen investigations, started the first column in a Chicago newspaper by an incarcerated writer, and produced the first-ever voter guide to Police District Council races.
Before that, I was South Side Weekly's politics editor for nearly three years. Our June 2020 issue, "Chicago Reacts to the Killing of George Floyd," won a Peter Lisagor award for best special news section. My investigation of how the Chicago police used the city's gun-violence prevention center and CPD's press office to surveil political protesters won the 2021 Lisagor for best in-depth reporting in a community newspaper.
My work has also appeared in Block Club Chicago, Slate, Scientific American, The Trace, In These Times, Al Jazeera, Smithsonian Magazine, and elsewhere.
Before becoming a journalist, I worked in kitchens, bookstores, bars, restaurants, retail shops, painting crews, science laboratories, and (briefly) a planetarium.