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For 13 years, I have been a reporter of visual storytelling, first as a photojournalist in rural Vermont, then as a multimedia producer for Newsday and most recently as Lead News/Brand Producer for Little Things.com. in New York City.  I have brought to the forefront several important journalism stories such as the first same sex marriage in New York State, struggles obtaining health care, Occupy Wall Street, and the absolute devastation of Superstorm Sandy. I have formed many connections to people as I have told their personal stories through video and live streaming. I have been fortunate to follow one family’s struggle, for two years, to bring their little girl closer to a healthcare facility near their home.  I have covered annual air shows, filming upside down in stunt planes, I have been awed at the resilience people have after struggling with the loss of everything in a fire.  These connections can be felt through my storytelling as the viewer experiences vicariously their situations; this is my ultimate goal.

I have taught multimedia journalism classes at the community college level as well as at Stony Brook University. While pursuing my master’s degree in photography at Syracuse University, I also instructed students in lab classes teaching them Adobe Suite for digital design. My extensive journalism skills, knowledge of curriculum for digital design lead me to bring out the best in my students.

I was most humbled to teach a diverse group of children and teens, through The Pablove Foundation, living with cancer to develop their creative voice.  Through photography they learned to express themselves and their independence while taking pictures, having fun as kids, and getting their mind off treatment.

I enjoy running; I have competed in the Boilermaker, a World renowned 15K Road Race, in Utica, N.Y., and I am part of the Tough Mudder Legion.  I have a rescue Jack Russell Terrier dog named Polaroid. Yes, he is named after the camera!  I love shopping and working in my gardens.  I am always carrying my camera and documenting life.