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Work experience

Jan 2011Present

Staff Writer

Education Week

For the nation's education newspaper of record, I cover special education, nutrition, health, violence and bullying. I blog about special education at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced.

Aug 2006Jan 2011

Staff Writer

The Miami Herald
  • I covered consumer affairs and personal finance, making sense of the complex, ever-changing financial world and shedding light on scams.
  • I blogged about living within my means -- or trying to -- at miamiherald.typepad.com/no_spend_zone.
  • I was the senior education reporter on a team covering Broward and Miami-Dade public schools, two of the largest in the country. Combined, they enroll 600,000 students. I wrote about the state's complex standardized testing system, the federal No Child Left Behind law, disparities in educational opportunities and school nutrition, among other issues.
  • I regularly enhanced print coverage with audio reports and by breaking stories online at MiamiHerald.com.
Aug 2000Aug 2006

Staff Writer

The Palm Beach Post
  • During the six years I spent at The Post, I covered education, county government and wrote a column for the food section about cooking for one.
  • I occasionally covered crime and courts stories, hurricanes, space shuttle launches and disasters and other general assignment stories. One of these stories, about a home movie filmed by American soldiers in Iraq, won a third place Green Eyeshade award in the breaking news category.
  • I frequently gathered audio for radio reports and collaborated with photographers to create audio slideshows.
Jul 1999Aug 2000

Staff Writer

The Ledger
  • Working at my hometown paper fresh out of college, I had to view the education system I had recently left with a fresh eye. My work led to the resignation of contractors hired by the school district to correct mistakes they had made as former employees.

Education

Jan 1998May 1998

Universidad de Salamanca
  • For one semester, I lived with a Spanish family and studied Spanish language, art history and the economy.

Stories about education

About me

As a longtime reporter, I have a knack for work that requires attention to detail but must be completed quickly.  I am a collaborator, tireless worker and have a bottomless well of curiosity.

Stories about consumer affairs

Special skills

  • I have experience with Access, Excel, Audacity, Photoshop and Soundslides

  • I speak conversational Spanish and Gujarati

Affiliations

  • Education Writers Association
  • Asian American Journalists Association
  • South Asian Journalists Association

Honors and awards

  • Education Writers Association 2009 Research and Statistics Bootcamp fellow
  • Florida Press Club, 2nd place, Education writing, 2007
  • Florida Society of Professional Journalists, 1st place, Education writing, 2006; 2nd place 2007
  • Green-Eyeshade Award, 3rd place, Breaking news, 2005
  • 2002 education writing fellow, Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, University of Maryland

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