I’m a proud military brat, so I’ve actually lived in quite a few places. My dad was stationed in Alaska in 2006; we fell in love with it, so my family’s still there today. My father is originally from Massachusetts, so it’s been a goal of mine to get a job over here. As for the Hawaii thing, when you live in Alaska, it only makes sense to go to college on a tropical island!
This is a difficult question to answer, as each story is so different. My favorite stories are ones where people overcome challenges or find the light in a dark situation. Recently, we did a story on a pianist that plays out of the back of his pickup truck at Chez Pascal. Both the musician and restaurant owner were so excited to find a creative way to bring music to customers during this unprecedented time. That will be a tough one to beat, although the resiliency in Rhode Islanders continues to inspire me.
I think it’s really important to approach every story while keeping diversity and culture in mind. Our nation, and even community, is made up of so many different backgrounds. It’s critical to keep this in mind when both reporting and consuming news. My mission has always been to report fair and accurately; I believe the new support of AAJA can help me do that even better.