A lover of food, travel, pop culture and the written word. I currently work as an editorial assistant for The Associated Press on their West Regional desk but play more than one role there. I enjoy practicing Spanish, meeting new people and having my Spidey sense tingle when a possible story idea sparks. My favorite scenario is going from reporting spot news to working on a lifestyle story or a longer narrative.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, I once thought I wanted to move to Los Angeles to be an entertainment journalist. Since then, I have graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in mass communication studies and English literature. Turns out the English lit was more valuable for journalism writing. Once upon a time, I was an intern at Variety, Entertainment Weekly and Wired.
For the last seven years, I have been an editorial assistant for The Associated Press in Phoenix. First, I served the Phoenix bureau and then transitioned into the bigger West Regional desk operation. I may be an EA, but I have been around and around as a breaking news supervisor, broadcast editor and (my favorite) a reporter. I take pride in covering general spot news as much as any lifestyle or entertainment story. I enjoy getting reminded again and again that whether someone is a mega-watt celebrity or the working-class Joe, everyone has a story.
I also love cupcakes--baking and eating them. In the past. I organized a local potluck, CupcakeCamp Phoenix. The last event, done in 2012, marked the first time this reporter was the "reported":