For me, it has always been for the story.
I was raised in the mountains, in a small Utah town at the crossroads of the West. The daughter of an artist-turned computer engineer and a school teacher, I grew up in a house filled with books.
I was eight years old when I first discovered the power of a story. I was a petulant child — easily provoked, and one day, someone had snubbed me. I went to my father for vindication. He instead gave me a book. A begrudging recipient, I slumped against the wall and turned to page one. An inquisitive girl, a rabbit hole, a world of nonsense, and obscure reasoning. Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” captivated me and I read into the night.
I would look further. I found Holden Caulfield and √Āntonia Shimerda, Nicholas Nickleby and Jane Eyre. I devoured the words of Brian Doyle and Billy Collins, Faulkner and Hemingway. I became a regular at my local bookstore and frequented the Sunday book section of The Times. Each introduced me to the written word and its potential. But reading wasn’t enough. I began to write. I scribbled in class, in bed, in the shower, on the eight a.m. bus, and in the school cafeteria. I wrote essays and poetry. But mostly, I wrote stories.
As a student in London, I observed the media coverage of Britain’s economic downturn and returned to the states with a new story idea: a print shop, four convicts, and a case of yellow journalism. The novel became a five-year project, which led me to a study of the history of the newspaper. I poured over articles, clippings, and textbooks, exploring the evolution of the news industry, and my fascination with journalism converged with my love of a good narrative.
I learned a new kind of storytelling at The Deseret News. I saw how stories can not only engage and entertain, but warn and protect. It became my duty to question, inform, and hold accountable. I wrote strong, data-driven stories that are relevant, impactful, and timely. I experimented with new narrative approaches in different mediums. And I sought to offer motivation toward action by presenting in-depth insight on local, national, and international issues. It was storytelling with solutions.

For two years, I was managing editor of Graphis, an international design publication in New York, where I directed the publication of six books per year, in addition to overseeing the launch of Graphis Magazine. 

Today, I am a graduate student at Columbia Today, I am a graduate student at Columbia Journalism School, telling stories about culture and social justice issues. When I am not moving words around or chasing a story, you can find me rehearsing pirouettes on the dance floor. I keep daily tabs on flights to Morocco when my gas tank is usually running on empty. I long to know some understated, mapless coastal pocket on the edge of a continent. I speak jibberish with my friends in cafes. I search for obscure foods in farmer markets. And this little piece of the internet is my secret life of daydreams.

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