Hello and welcome to 125dB — part publishing platform, part personal website. I built the first incarnation of this site as a project in graduate school; we had to pick a beat, cover it for a semester, and build a website around it — I chose music.

When thinking up clever titles for the website, I stumbled across a great anecdote: On the decibel comparison scale, 125 decibels (db) is the volume of a loud rock concert if you were standing in the front row. Perfect!

As I was approaching the end of graduate school, it became clear I needed to unify my sprawling forays into blogging and/or video production over the years under one title. So, here it is.

As for me, I came to journalism, and that moment, in a roundabout way: I graduated from Northwestern University with degrees in communications and political science (read: I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life). As fate would have it, I ended up working in the media industry for most of the next five years, but on the business side of the equation (advertising sales & execution, content distribution, etc.). I came to the realization I wanted to be on the creative side of the equation, not the sales side, so I went to graduate school to learn how to do that.

While in graduate school at UNC – Chapel Hill, I was the Editor — Digital Media for Copper Mobile as well as the senior producer for three (3) live broadcasts a week (Carolina Week — local TV news, Sports Xtra — sports highlight and analysis TV show, and Carolina Connection — local radio news), all of which won a national championship in some form or another. In 2015, I graduated with a master’s degree in media and journalism.

I translated that experience into a full-time freelance gig with CNN in Atlanta working on their mobile editorial team before joining Business Insider Films in August of 2015 as an associate producer.

Since then, I have been the creator, producer, reporter, editor and/or host for a multitude of digital series or episodes (all of which you can see on my portfolio page).

When BI dissolved the BI Films team, I moved on to Mic to work as the lead video editor for its documentary team. While at Mic, my edited pieces were nominated for a creative arts Emmy for our co-branded series with Spotify called ‘Clarify‘. We also won an ASME National Magazine Award in the video category for a co-branded mini-doc about the opioid epidemic called ‘Life After Addiction‘ in conjunction with Time Magazine.

…after Mic decided to ‘pivot to video’ (read: social video), thereby dissolving a team that was nominated for an Emmy and won an Ellie, I joined NBC News as a video producer and editor on their digital docs team. You can see all my recent work for NBC on my portfolio page as well.  

Bottom line (literally, in this case): I’m a passionate storyteller always looking to bring great stories to life. Drop me a line if you feel so inclined!