Anthony Bourdain rescued a tomato in my car

You may not know about my past life (or maybe you do). Up until 4 years ago, I was a certified New York Public Library-card-carrying, Metrocard-using, rent-stabilized-living New Yorker. Yep. And get this, I parked my car on the mean streets of NYC. EVERY. DAMN. DAY. I spent so much time in my car, moving…

Why I’m trying to LIKE the cold

Today, it’s cold. Bone-chilling, wind-whipping, make-your-eyes-tear cold. Can I share a secret with you? When it’s cold, I don’t want to get out of bed. I never know if my job will keep me inside or outside for a 8 hours. I knew that when I started being a reporter, but I still don’t like…

Change was the story: Covering Election Night 2016

It was a plum assignment: Covering Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election night event at the Jacob Javits Center. It was a long, exhaustive slog of an election cycle, and I wasn’t even one of the journalists primarily dedicated to the campaign trail. 595 days of name-calling, allegations, yelling, divisiveness, scandal, disgust. News stories about both candidates…

3 things my dog taught me about life

  For those of you who don’t know, my boyfriend Josh and I adopted a rescue pup named Murray 2 months ago. Murray has been the light of our lives. He’s well-behaved, sweet, inquisitive, fun-loving, loyal, and loves everyone he meets. In the 2 months I’ve lived with this 12-pound bundle of awesome, he’s taught…

How much do you let YOUR age limit you?

If you have a TV, there’s a good chance you know Dr. Robi Ludwig. On any given week, her Insta game could make you look like you’re standing still (me included). On Fox Business, CNN, HLN, Investigation Discovery, HuffPo, Nightline and too many other outlets to name, the New York psychotherapist digs in on a…

Kisses aren’t contracts, presents aren’t promises

 For all of you struggling with relationships, whether you are in one or not, I present this poem. Wow. I forgot how powerful this is. I found this today in one of my journals. It resonated so much – mostly from my time specializing in being in not-too-fulfilling relationships in the past. For the past year,…

Have a teen/tween who wants to learn journalism?

Hi all – I’m really excited to announce I’m going to be part of a new day camp in the DMV called All-Star Adventures Summer Camp! I’ll teaching journalism August 8-12 – and at the end, the students will stream their newscast LIVE on Facebook! I’ve got some amazingly interesting co-instructors who will be teaching DJing, rocketry, art and…

Cooler than Prince Harry at the Invictus Games

I met Steve Simmons around January 2014. I did a story about how the now-retired naval officer lost the use of his legs due to debilitating muscle failure. This came months after Steve served a humanitarian effort aboard the USS Ronald Reagan after the nuclear reactor meltdown at Fukushima. Steve went from a strong, fit, P90X-workout-maniac to a…

Moms, sex traffickers are looking for YOUR 12-year-old daughter

When I first got to WUSA9, I interviewed Andrea Powell. She is a blonde bad-ass crime-fighter, and pimp-chaser. Not many people you can say that about. Andrea started her own non-profit called Fair Girls, in the DC area, to help survivors of sex trafficking. She’s now one of my friends. I learn so much from…