I’m a journalist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Daily News, Oakland Tribune, Torrance Daily Breeze, Pacific Standard and The Washington Post. While working at the Daily Breeze, I won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting along with co-writer Rebecca Kimitch and editor Frank Suraci for uncovering a web of corruption in a small high school district serving low-income students in Los Angeles County.  I grew up in Grand Forks, ND, where I landed my first-ever newspaper job: trudging through the snow as a delivery boy. I later attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota. I now work in the communications department of USC Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles and as a freelance journalist. 


 

AWARDS

*    2015 Pulitzer Prize, local reporting, Investigation of the Centinela Valley School District

*    California Newspaper Publishers Association, 2015; first place, investigative reporting; first place, education coverage; Investigation of the Centinela Valley Union High School District

*    2015 National Headliner, first place, investigative journalism, Centinela Valley Investigation 

*    Scripps Howard, 2014 national winner for community journalism, “Centinela: Manipulation, Intimidation and Corruption”

*    Editor & Publisher EPPY 2014 Awards, Finalist, Best Investigative/Enterprise Feature for series on School Superintendent’s Excessive Pay

*    California Newspaper Publishers Association – First place Coverage of Lennox school district dysfunction, 2014 (The Daily Breeze) Local government reporting, large-circulation category

*    East Bay Press Club, light feature, 3rd place, 2002 “Power of love: A will with no limit finds its reward

*   Oregon Newspaper Association, spot news, 3rd place, 2001 “Vet’s hunch on hitchhiker proves costly