My personal story...
I've been a writer for as long as I can remember. Sometime in middle school, I decided I wanted to make a difference through my writing. What better way to do that than journalism, right?
To be frank, I can't picture myself doing anything else for a living. I'm sure most people in this profession can say the same. But, as all journalists know, every person has a story. Here is mine.
I'm the first person in my family born in the United States. Most of my family still lives in Argentina or Italy. My father, who passed away in 2016, came to this country in 1979 to pursue his own version of the American Dream. I like to think he achieved it.
I'm a Jersey girl through and through. I was born in Jersey City, lived in North Bergen, and was raised in East Rutherford. I graduated from Becton High School, and received my bachelor's degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where I majored in Communications Studies and triple-minored in Journalism, Computer Graphics and Italian.
After graduation, I studied at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where I focused my studies on long form, multimedia storytelling. While there, I took courses in sports reporting, narrative writing, book writing, and much more.
After that, I started working at The Record, my hometown paper.
Throughout my career, I've covered a range of stories from the closing of the Mercedes-Benz U.S. headquarters in Mahwah, to the discovery of 67 dogs inside a van behind a pet store. I've written about gun control, the #MeToo movement, and U.S. Soccer. You can find samples of my work on NorthJersey.com.
My work has been picked up by The Associated Press and published across the USA Today Network. I've appeared on-air for Verizon FiOS 1 News and on Facebook Live for NorthJersey.com. My work has also been published in Wayne and 201 magazines. I've also spoken at journalism conferences, including at Society of Professional Journalist's Regional Conference in Philadelphia.
In addition to working full-time, I am also an active member of NJ-SPJ's professional chapter, and faculty adviser to The Pillar, the college newspaper at FDU's Florham Park campus.