I am an award-winning investigative reporter who's worked in digital, print, radio and television journalism for the past 12 years.
I have a knack for finding and digging into stories about what people do with their time and with their money. I've investigated a plummeting housing market and uncovered controversial policing practices in diverse communities. I find human stories to illustrate and illuminate complex systems, to question clichés and conventional wisdom.
I grew up in Victoria, B.C., and lived and worked in San Diego for 12 years before moving to Hamilton, Ontario, in 2014. I'm currently a reporter/editor at CBC Hamilton.
Previously, I helped grow the award-winning online nonprofit news organization Voice of San Diego and produced and reported weekly TV packages and live studio hits for NBC7 San Diego. I contributed early research to the body of work that won a 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.
CBC INVESTIGATES | Niagara financier's big money propositions leave entrepreneurs with ruined dreams (March 28, 2018)
POLICE CARDING/STREET CHECKS IN HAMILTON
Winner, 2015 RTDNA Adrienne Clarkson diversity award for Canada's central region.
Packed Hamilton forum demands end to police carding (Sept. 15, 2015)
HOUSING and HOMELESSNESS
'Overcrowded' house near McMaster has 12 bedrooms (Mar. 24, 2017)
Will Hamiltonians be left behind in the city's housing boom? (Jan. 23, 2015)
San Diego's Share of Homelessness Funding Doesn't Add Up (March 4, 2013)
Armed with Antiquated Maps, Group Allegedly Sold Bogus Foreclosure Fix (May 23, 2008)
(Winner, 2009 Excellence in Journalism Awards, San Diego Society of Professional Journalists)
Ground Zero in San Diego's Mortgage Mess (Aug. 20, 2007)
PSYCHIATRIC INPATIENT SUICIDES
6 questions about this week's $2.2 billion U.S. Steel decision (March 4, 2016)
Hamilton's Lancaster bomber returns home* (Sept. 28, 2014)
*Appeared live on News Network to take story to CBC television audiences
ARTS AND CULTURE
A surprise museum raid, then ... silence (July 10, 2011)
A STAGGERING SWINDLE | With my colleague Will Carless, I investigated a mortgage fraud scheme in which a man named Jim McConville bought condos in other people's identities, stealing $13 million from banks in the process. Federal prosecutors indicted McConville and others a year after our stories exposed the swindle. He pleaded guilty to orchestrating the fraud and was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Part 1 | Rented Identities, Extravagant Prices and Foreclosure: A Post-Boom Real Estate Scam (April 11, 2009)
Part 2 | How It Could Happen in 2008 (April 11, 2009)
Mortgage Fraud Mastermind Pleads Guilty (Jan. 25, 2012)
Second place, Best Investigative Report or Series, National Association of Real Estate Editors, 2010;
Finalist, Investigative Journalism, Small Site: Online News Association 2009 awards;
Finalist, Livingston Awards for Young Journalists
OUT OF REACH | With my colleague Dagny Salas, I investigated gaps in programs meant to serve the needy.
Part 1 | San Diego's Safety Net Is Riddled with Gaps (Jan. 31, 2010)
Part 2 | San Diego's County Government Resents Bearing Safety Net's Burden (Feb. 1, 2010)
Award: Finalist, Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism, Small Site: Online News Association 2010 awards.