In January 2018, I started working as a news assistant at WTOP. I had no idea what to expect and had never imagined that I would work in broadcast journalism - much less radio. Within a year, I was promoted to assistant editor and then editor. I’ve had the opportunity to cover breaking news and in-depth stories for both on-air and online. And while I spend most of my time behind-the-scenes at the editors desk, I’ve taken a couple whirls in front of the mic.
This is my first recorded wrap that aired on WTOP in December 2018. For it, I spoke to our Space Guy Greg Redfern, whose full article can be found here. The piece previewed the appearance of a Christmas comet - named Comet 46P/Wirtanen - in local skies on the night of December 11.
In August 2019, I reported on a Rockville massage parlor owner who was charged with human trafficking and prostitution.
Also that month, I covered the renovation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in D.C.
I’ve also collaborated with other radio reporters to produce wraps - conducting the background research and interviews while they write the script and voice the audio.
In February 2018, I interviewed HGTV’s Clint Harp ahead of his appearance at the Capitol Remodel and Garden Show in Northern Virginia. WTOP’s Sandy Kozel scripted and voiced this wrap.
For the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in June of 2019, I reported and wrote a long-form, multimedia story about the LGBTQ+ rights movement in Washington, D.C. I worked with WTOP’s Rachel Nania to create this on-air story.