I’m a Journalist based out of Los Angeles reporting on the intersecting crises of homelessness, housing, drug use and healthcare. 

Storytelling is my MO and no matter what topic I am covering I always make sure to connect it to the human impact. I have a background in breaking and daily news coverage as well as deep dive investigative pieces. I am skilled in recording and editing audio.

Recent articles

New racist texts emerge from Torrance police officers

Reigniting a scandal that began last December, new racist texts have emerged from Torrance police officers who joked on their telephones about urinating on a Black child, gassing Jews and beating up a woman. The state Attorney General’s Office launched an investigation eight months ago into allegations that Torrance officers were engaging in racist conduct, including the painting of a swastika on a suspect’s car and sharing racist and homophobic text messages. But the latest release of 390 tex

Torrance senior mobile home residents seek refuge from rent hikes

When lifelong Torrance resident Sally Ausbourne purchased a retirement home at the Skyline Mobile Home Park more than a decade ago, she never anticipated choosing between paying rent and saving her teeth. But now, that is the exact predicament she finds herself in. And she is not alone. The residents in the senior-only 265-lot mobile home park are days away from the second round of rent hikes on their lots – they own their homes but not their land – forcing them to contemplate tough financial

6 killed, 8 injured in fiery crash in Windsor Hills area of Los Angeles

Six people — including three adults, an infant and an unborn child died — and eight other people were injured Thursday, Aug. 4, in a fiery multi-vehicle crash in the Windsor Hills area of Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Fire Department units were called to the area of South La Brea Avenue and Slauson Avenue, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles, just before 1:40 p.m., near Ladera Park. Initially reported as a fire, officials discovered as many as six vehicles had collided. A Mercedes-Benz wa

Torrance Tiny Home Village, 2 months in, succeeding so far

The isolation of living in his car for nine years was so severe that when a passerby greeted him one morning, his reply came out as a strained gurgle. Realizing that he had forgotten how to speak, the now 57-year old, formerly homeless Torrance resident, who requested anonymity for fear that potential employers may shy away from hiring him, started talking to his dog Kenzie for practice. In a decade of homelessness, Kenzie has been his greatest companion – but also a barrier to housing. That’s

San Pedro skaters stoked over reopening of legendary Channel Street Skatepark

The San Pedro skate community is stoked to see its beloved Channel Street Skatepark rise from the concrete ashes. Two decades after local community members built a skateboarding mecca piece-by-piece — and eight years after it closed — skaters, and other San Pedro residents and officials celebrated its reopening as a legal skatepark with a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week. The park’s genesis was in 2002, when skaters took a do-it-yourself approach to building bowls, ramps and rails, progressiv

Rent control tenants endure 6 years of construction hell at 220 San Vicente

In December 2016 Anastasia Foster was completing her regular rounds of food delivery as a Meals on Wheels volunteer, but when she arrived at 220 San Vicente Boulevard her longtime client Suzette Glickman was nowhere to be found. Glickman was a rent controlled tenant in her eighties, who had lived in the building for 38 years. She was a partial amputee and had multiple disabilities that prevented her from leaving her unit, so her absence caused Foster immediate alarm. After contacting the build

Could Newsom’s new mental health court be a fix for local homelessness?

Governor Gavin Newsom has a bold new plan for a court system that he hopes will be a salve for the state’s twin homelessness and mental health crises. The details of his vision have yet to be fleshed out, but its principles are similar to a creative court program already in existence in Santa Monica. On March 3, Newsom unveiled a proposal for a statewide network of mental health-focused courts called CARE Courts, which stands for Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment. The courts’ goal

Snapchat takes steps to combat sale of lethal “fentapills” on their platform

On the evening of Feb. 7 Santa Monica teen Sammy Berman Chapman asked his dad for a cheeseburger and went to his bedroom. An hour later his mother found him dead on the floor. Sammy was killed by a Xanax pill laced with fentanyl, which is a synthetic opioid 50 times as powerful as heroin. The culprit: a drug dealer on Snapchat and, from the parents’ perspective, the company Snap itself, which they said was not doing enough to protect young users like Sammy. His story is not an outlier. Accordi