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RELENTLESS.

     I persistently weave data, records and research into a compelling narrative designed to pull readers and viewers in.


     My award-winning investigative data work has led to changes in laws and policiesexposed an international human trafficking ring, inspired the American Civil Liberties Union to sue Denver Police and win $3.76 millionprompted a Congressional inquiry, and compelled a sheriff’s office to fire a troublesome deputy

Work Samples

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    More than 100 Colorado nursing homes that experienced COVID-19 outbreaks were fined for poor infection control and other pandemic-related failures — but those very same facilities also pocketed financial bonuses tied to infection rates.

      I spent months merging and analyzing three datasets with SQL, creating maps in ArcGIS, collecting inspection reports and interviewing whistleblowers/family members.

      The story won a 2022 regional Emmy and prompted a Congressional inquiry.

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     I found systemic loopholes in the way Colorado polices untruthful law enforcement officers. I found 15 officials who have a verified finding of untruthfulness from an internal affairs or criminal inquiry. All of these officers still have licenses to be peace officers elsewhere - if a department will hire them.

     I combined web scraping and months of blanketing the state with records requests to create the database that was the backbone of our investigation. I was the lead reporter on this collaboration and wrote the lion’s share of the web story. 

     The piece was published in May 2024 by Colorado Public Radio. I went on Colorado Matters, their flagship radio program, shortly afterwards to discuss my reporting.

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     Millions of Americans are caregivers for loved ones and are often children. This documentary followed families across the nation as they helped their veterans heal.

     I handled logistics and ensured the success of shoots across the country from Alaska to Hawaii as a volunteer on this non-profit project. I r
equested and managed Freedom of Information Act requests.
 

     The documentary is streaming on Peacock, a NBCUniversal platform. A rough cut of the documentary aired in the Kennedy Center in November 2019.

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     Colorado’s “red flag” law gives police officers and average citizens alike the power to seek the removal of guns from people they believe are dangerous – but I found the chances that will actually happen depend largely on who’s asking.  Red flag applications are approved 95% of the time if police step in. If Coloradans filed on their own, the approval rate dipped to 32%

 

     I spent months working in R, SQL and Excel to do this novel data analysis. I found someone that fought to get a red flag order placed on their brother and convinced them to go on-camera. They were the focus of this story.

 

      There were calls to expand the law after our story and the Club Q shooting. The law expanded to include other professions like teachers, district attorneys and social workers.

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     The Denver police department's SWAT team searched Ruby Johnson’s home, where she has lived for 40 years, looking for a car, guns and cash that had been stolen from a downtown Denver hotel days earlier.

     They did not find anything, but did traumatize Johnson. The story prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to sue the detective that created the warrant.  
A jury awarded Johnson $3.76 million for damages in March 2024.


     I broke these stories and other outlets later followed. I conducted a months-long investigation into Denver Police SWAT knock-and-announce warrants and found that they occur more often in minority neighborhoods. 

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      I went undercover in gun stores across Colorado and discovered blatant disregard for a law banning the sale of large-capacity magazines. I analyzed six years of judicial records and discovered 128 people have been charged and 12 sentenced for violating the large-capacity magazine ban.

     Finally, I managed the records process with police departments across the state. I discovered that the Idaho Springs Police Department accidentally returned two 70-round magazines back to a man who pled guilty to breaking the law. The series aired in November 2019.

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