For one semester, myself and a reporter worked on a long-form piece about the children left behind by the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis. We focused in on this facet of MMIW through the lens of the Whiteman family, whose mother, Lindsay, had been murdered in October 2018. It was by far the most valuable story I have worked on, and I learned so much about working as a privileged, white-passing journalist in Native communities, some of the most underserved in the country. I'm quite proud of the visuals I produced, which could not have been possible without a seamless collaboration with the reporter and writer, and so grateful for the relationships I formed with the Whiteman family.
While interning for the BDC over the summer of 2018, I spent time with Larry Kiff, a local country musician who got his break when he was invited to play at the Red Ants Pants music festival in White Sulphur Springs, Montana. At 47, it's been his childhood dream to play on the big stage, so I followed him through this transitional period as he began to realize that dream, despite living with developmental disabilities.
I photographed, video assisted and helped report a story on how North Korean defectors struggle to adjust to the technologically driven society of Seoul, South Korea and its high-tech infrastructure. The story was the top trending article on the website for two days after it was published. The Atlantic also shared it on their Facebook page. This project was part of an international reporting study abroad trip with the University of Montana School of Journalism to South Korea.
I was contacted by the LA Times to photograph the story of a local Missoula independent weekly newspaper that abruptly shut down that morning, as well as the aftermath of the shut down.
For the week of MLK Jr. Day, I pitched and produced a project to photograph and interview students of color and other groups, focusing on what they think can improve diversity at the University of Montana, an overwhelmingly white place. In addition to the final article, we posted new perspectives and their corresponding portraits each day of the week leading up to the article's publication on the Kaimin's Instagram.