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The Miami Herald

May 2005Present

Investigative Reporter

  • Worked as an enterprise editor, breaking news editor, general assignment reporter and member of the investigative team
  • As a member of the I-Team, used strong research and writing skills in both short- and long-term watchdog stories; developed a wide network of sources to uncover wrongdoing, abuse of power, mismanagement and malfeasance to write high-impact stories that right wrongs, bring justice and hold leaders accountable
  • Exposed corruption, inmate abuse and suspicious deaths in the Florida prison system, the third-largest in the nation. The three-year, award-winning project led to an overhaul of the agency, including the resignations of the secretary and inspector general, the firings and arrests of corrections officers, millions of dollars in reforms and sweeping changes in the treatment of mentally ill, disabled and female prisoners. 
  • Investigated criminal justice cases, including the case involving Alexander Acosta, a member of President Donald Trump's cabinet, who negotiated and signed a secret plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein, a multimillionaire who molested hundreds of underage girls and is suspected of operating an international sex trafficking operation. The series led the Department of Justice to open an investigation into Acosta's handling of the case.
  • Covered school shootings, hurricanes and other breaking news, uncovering the deeper stories that lie beneath the surface of major tragedies and national events, such as the Parkland school shootings
  • Appeared on local and national radio and television shows as a commentator on topics such as law enforcement, prison reform, racial profiling and unsolved crimes

Philadelphia Daily News

May 1996May 2005

Night City Editor/Reporter

  • As night city editor, responsible for supervising the evening news operation, night staff writers, all city desk copy and breaking news stories
  • Formerly worked as a news reporter, specializing in breaking news, crime and investigative reporting
  • Wrote a series of stories about an epidemic of Hepatitis C infections among Philadelphia firefighters. The stories led to mandatory national testing among public safety workers 
  • Covered the plane crash involving John F. Kennedy Jr. and the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster

Senior Staff Writer

  • Covered education, breaking news and investigative stories for award-winning suburban Philadelphia newspaper

Bethlehem Globe-Times

19881990

Staff Writer

  • Police Reporter for Bethlehem, PA daily newspaper

National Public Radio

19861986

Intern, Washington, DC

  • Worked for Morning Edition as an intern while in college

awards

Long Island University

George Polk Award for Justice Reporting 2019

For "Perversion of Justice" a series that exposed how Alexander Acosta, President Trump's labor secretary, helped negotiate a secret plea deal when he was a U.S. prosecutor that gave a politically connected billionaire and his accomplices immunity for sex trafficking dozens of underage girls. 

Sidney Hillman Foundation

Hillman Prize for Journalism in the Common Good 2019

Print, For "Perversion of Justice."

Center for Journalism Ethics University of Wisconsin-Madison

Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics 2019

For "Perversion of Justice." 

Atlantic City Press Association

National Headliner's Award Best of Show 2019

First place, Investigative Reporting, "Perversion of Justice."

American Association of Justice 

The Leonard Weinglass in Defense of Civil Liberties Award 2017

For efforts in exposing civil rights abuses in the Florida prison system

Long Island University

George Polk Award for Justice Reporting 2014

Co-winner with the New York Times,

for "Cruel and Unusual," a series of stories that led to overhaul of Florida Prisons

Atlantic City Press Association

National Headliners Award

Best of Show 2014

Investigative Reporting 2014 for "Cruel and Unusual."

RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights

Robert F. Kennedy Award for Justice Reporting

Won Story of the Year 2014 (Best of Show)

Won first place in the domestic print category for a series of stories that led to reform of Florida Prisons

Florida Society of Newspaper Editors

Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism

2015 for "Cruel and Unusual"

Florida Society of Professional Journalists

Gene Miller Award for Investigative Reporting

2015 for "Cruel and Unusual"

2013 for Best Beat Reporting

ACLU of Florida

Gene Miller Voice of Freedom Award 2015

For stories on the Florida prison system

Society of Professional Journalists, Greater PhiladelphiaChapter 

First Place, Breaking News 1995, 1990, 1989

Best Public Service, 1991

Education

Temple University

19841987

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Minor: Political Science

GPA: 3.8 Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Member of the National Journalism Honors Society

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other professional

University of California Berkeley Logan Symposium on Investigative Journalism panelist 2019

Long Island University panel on investigative journalism, 2019

Washington Post, panelist on local journalism, 2019

IRE convention panelist 2019, 2015

Harvard University, 2015 Guest Speaker for symposium on Criminal Justice Reform