I grew up in Alabama, then spent three years reporting from Washington, D.C. Now I've returned to be a staff writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Alabama is my home, and it's where I now investigate and write about civil rights issues for a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a long history of work in that arena. I cover mass incarceration, children's rights, immigrants' rights and more.

You can view all my work for OpenSecrets.org here. More clips from the Houston Chronicle available upon request.

In 2013, I joined Hearst Newspapers as an investigative fellow in the company's D.C. bureau after graduating from the University of Alabama, where I served as editor-in-chief of the award-winning student newspaper. I worked with the fantastic investigative team at the Chronicle for two years and joined the Center for Responsive Politics team in May 2015. You can find my full resume on LinkedIn.

In D.C., I lived in Petworth, Bloomingdale and Shaw neighborhoods. I love the city, but felt my family needed me closer to home for this next chapter in my life. I decamped for Montgomery, Ala., in June 2016.