I have lived in Alaska for most of my life and have a passion for covering state politics that leads to my spending a lot of time in Juneau, away from home in Anchorage.
As a longtime resident of the state’s largest city, I am excited to cover issues that matter most to my family, friends, and community.
My dad served in the U.S. Air Force. I grew up on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, taking pride in being a “military brat,” enjoying opportunities the military provided for travel.
I was born in Tokyo and lived in Japan until the age of seven, when we moved to Alaska.
Early on, I became fascinated with learning more about how people live their lives around the world.
I graduated from Service High School in 2008 (Go Cougars!) then hopped the pond to study journalism at La Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca in Spain. While a student there, I participated in exchange programs in France and Belgium. As a result of this rich experience, I am trilingual. I am fluent in Spanish and French, with a yearning to learn Arabic some day.
When not working at KTVA, I like to put my language skills to use as an interpreter and translator with the Alaska Immigration for Justice Project. I also enjoy hiking, kayaking, camping, outdoor adventure, exploring glaciers, and ballroom dancing — especially salsa and tango.
Living outside the United States has allowed me a privileged perspective on Alaska’s reputation abroad and has rekindled my love for this extraordinary place. Not even Juneau’s legendary rainfall can dampen that!
I love being an Alaska journalist because it allows me to learn a lot about Alaskans and this great land we call home.