References available upon request.
Editor at the 90 Days, 90 Voices storytelling project
February 2017 – Present
90 Days, 90 Voices tells the stories of those seeking a home in the United States during an age of unrest. The storytelling project gives a glimpse into the hardships endured by refugees, asylum seekers, and undocumented immigrants who are being impacted by President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. As a reporter, I’ve used “as told to” narrative profiles, photo stories, and graphic journalism to share stories from these at-risk immigrant communities.
Reporter at Block Club Chicago
June 2018 – Present
As a beat reporter I cover the Lincoln Square, Irving Park, North Center and Ravenswood neighborhoods for Block Club Chicago—a nonprofit, neighborhood news organization started by former editors and reporters at DNAinfo Chicago.
2013 – Present
As a freelance journalist, my reporting has appeared in In These Times magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Chicago Magazine, 90 Days, 90 Voices, City Bureau and Comic Book Resources.
Guest Editor at Envisioning Justice/60 Inches From Center
March 2018 – Present
Created and facilitated by Illinois Humanities, Envisioning Justice will engage Chicagoans of all neighborhoods, races, socio-economic backgrounds, and with a diversity of perspectives, in a citywide conversation about the impact of incarceration in local communities and will invite residents to use the arts and humanities to devise strategies for lessening this impact. As guest editor I provide guidance and training in journalistic ethics as well as adapting the best practices of “beat reporting” to creative storytelling formats. Also organizing story budgets and the editorial production calendar.
Assistant Editor at In These Times magazine, The Institute for Public Affairs
September 2017 – February 2018
I assisted the print and web editorial staff with developing story ideas, performing writer, artist and photographer outreach and management as well as training interns on ITT systems and best practices. During print production cycles I wrote content, performed line edits, fact checks, translations and other print production tasks as needed. Additional responsibilities included adapting print magazine stories for the magazine’s online audience, documenting our content’s impact and audience reach and organizing live events (like issue release parties) at the magazine.
Reporter at City Bureau
June 2016 – September 2017
April 2018 – May 2018
City Bureau is an award-winning journalism lab startup that trains community journalists to improve coverage of underreported neighborhoods in Chicago. City Bureau’s reporters are responsible for producing content and supporting reporting teams in each City Bureau cycle reporting on issues relevant to the South and West sides of Chicago, including but not limited to issues of policing/criminal justice, economic justice & development, housing and public health. To date I’ve participated in three cycles as a reporter and was part of the documenter team that annotated the collective bargaining agreement between the City of Chicago and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 7 that expired on June 30, 2017. The interactive annotations highlight significant articles and contextualize them with case studies, expert analysis, media reports and more.
Freelance Contributor at the Chicago Tribune’s Pioneer Press, Tronc, Inc.
November 2014 – September 2017
Pioneer Press publishes newspapers focused on the suburban communities of Chicago. I typically wrote articles focused on politics, economic development and crime for Pioneer’s publications in the northwest and near west suburbs.
Guest Contributor at Comic Book Resources, Boiling Point Productions.
April 2014 – September 2017
Comic Book Resources (CBR) is a website dedicated to the coverage of comic book–related news and discussion. The articles I write for CBR are mainly focused on news, trends and interviews regarding publishers and creators. I typically cover panels at conventions and interviews with creators regarding their upcoming projects.
Freelance Photographer at Alex V. Hernandez Photography.
2007 – Present
Contract freelance work as a photographer in the greater Chicago area.
Journalism Instructor at IMPACT Family Center
February 2017 – September 2017
IMPACT Family Center is a human service organization dedicated to programs and services for at-risk youth and families in the greater Roseland and Far South Side areas of Chicago. The flagship program, which focuses on journalism and digital media, has been the catalyst for improving academic performance, college enrollment, and creating a new generation of journalists and media professionals since 2005. As an instructor, my focus is teaching journalism skills as well as mentoring students enrolled in the program.
Freelance Contributor at The Chicago Reporter, Community Renewal Society.
January 2016 – June 2016
I covered public meetings and events as a stringer for The Chicago Reporter, a nonprofit investigative news organization that focuses on race, poverty and income inequality in Chicago and the nation.
Temporary Researcher at The Chicago Reporter, Community Renewal Society.
January 2016 – April 2016
I was a temporary researcher on the “Settling for Misconduct” interactive database. This was an investigative project focused on Chicago police misconduct lawsuits from 2012 to 2015. In this role I reviewed, analyzed, summarized and fact checked over 700 court documents alongside two other researchers. The goal of the project was to create an easy to navigate, searchable database showing where, how and when police misconduct happens in the city of Chicago. The United States Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division cited the database in its 2017 report on the Chicago Police Department because “Until the Chicago Reporter created its database…little information about these settlements was publicly available.”
Managing Editor at Extra News, City-Suburban Community Newspapers, Inc.
October 2014 – December 2015
Extra News was a bilingual weekly newspaper owned by City-Suburban Community Newspapers that served the Hispanic community of Chicago. As editor, I set the newspaper’s editorial direction, managed its freelancers and interns, coordinated our content workflow with the production director and liaised with the newspaper’s advertising department. This involved editing and creating content, compiling news briefs, community notes, a weekly calendar of events, maintaining and updating Extra’s website and social media and designing and sending out its weekly digital newsletter. I also trained both full time and freelance staff on how to incorporate multimedia into their coverage.
Freelance Contributor at Bugle Newspapers, Voyager Media Group, Inc.
October 2014 – November 2014
I was responsible for covering the Niles community for The Bugle, a weekly newspaper owned by Voyager Media. This entailed writing one to two news/feature stories a week and taking photos/video to accompany my articles.
Northwest Staff Reporter/Assistant Digital Editor at Bugle Newspapers, Voyager Media Group, Inc.
July 2012 – October 2014
I was responsible for covering the Niles, Morton Grove and Park Ridge communities and the neighboring suburbs for The Niles Bugle, a weekly newspaper owned by Voyager Media. This entailed writing at least six news/feature stories a week and taking photos/video to accompany my articles. I also compiled news briefs, community notes, a weekly calendar of events and the crime blotter for the area. I also developed and lead Voyager Media’s social media strategy and managed/uploaded content to its website via BLOXCMS from Monday through Friday.
Freelance Contributor at Extra News, City-Suburban Community Newspapers, Inc.
June 2013 – October 2014
I was responsible for covering Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Pilsen, and Back of the Yards for Extra News, a weekly bilingual newspaper owned by City-Suburban Community Newspapers. This entailed writing up to two news stories a week focused on crime, education or politics and taking photos and video to accompany my articles.
Creative Director of Media at BoosterShot, LLC
May 2011 – July 2013
I was head of the creative department developing media across platforms for BoosterShot. I also created and implemented social media marketing campaigns, developed and maintained brand identity and managed the print production and graphic design for in house projects. BoosterShot is a premier provider of community based fundraising programs for schools, youth sports and civic/charitable organizations.
Editor in Chief at Adentro de Pilsen
December 2009 – August 2011
I created and maintained/updated Adentro de Pilsen’s Web site, social networks and designed the print edition’s layout as well as distributed it in the Pilsen area. I also assigned/approved articles, edited content and assisted in the journalism training of both the Loyola University and Benito Juarez students participating in the program.
Editor in Chief at The Roosevelt University Torch
May 2008 – May 2009
As Editor in Chief for Roosevelt University’s student publication The Torch I was responsible for managing both the full-time staff and the freelance staff in order to publish 22 print issues of The Torch on a weekly basis while also maintaining and updating The Torch’s Web site.
Photojournalist/Reporter (Internship) at Extra News, City-Suburban Community Newspapers, Inc.
July 2008 – October 2008
I was responsible for taking photos and writing articles for Extra on a weekly basis.
Photo Editor at The Roosevelt University Torch
2007 – 2008
I was responsible for generating photo content for The Torch on a weekly basis as well as the selection of photos to use in each issue. I would also edit photos from both contributors and myself using Photoshop, design and layout the weekly photo essay page and design advertisements and photo illustrations. Lastly, I was responsible for maintaining an image archive for The Torch.
The Society of Professional Journalists
November 2012 to Present
National Press Photographers Association
February 2009 to Present
Skills & Expertise
Graphic Design Graphic Journalism
Digital Photography/ Videography
Social Media Outreach/Promotion
Adobe Creative Suite
Bachelors, Journalism/History Double Major, 2005 – 2009
Activities and Societies: Active on the university’s student publication The Torch.
2016 Peter Lisagor Watchdog Award finalist for my work with the Chicago Reporter’s “Settling for Misconduct,” an investigation and database of Chicago police misconduct settlements.”
2017 Peter Lisagor Award winner for Best Start-Up for my work with 90 Days, 90 Voices.