I always have to remind myself that the worst word a source could say is “no.” Hearing the word “no” multiple times has made me work harder and be hungrier to climb the ladder in my chosen career of journalism.

I immediately began to develop my professional reporting experience once I stepped foot on Xavier University of Louisiana’s campus.

I have worked for Beyoncé’s company Parkwood Entertainment, The New York Times Institute, The Boston Globe, The Advocate, The Courier-Journal, New Orleans Channel 6 (WDSU) among other local and national media organizations during my undergraduate career.

In 2017 I was nationally selected for the Spotify Opening Act HBCU Conference in New York City, N.Y. They picked 90 participants out of 855 applicants and I was the only representative from Xavier.

In summer 2017, I made the boldest pitch of my student career, and won my first election as the student representative for The National Association of Black Journalists Sports Task Force Board and now I am secretary. It was with NABJ that my journalism training first started in Boston as a high school conference reporter.

As a Boston native, the ability to cover another city provides me with a different perspective on the lives of communities across the country. It is also a hopeful but challenging time in New Orleans, being 13 years after Katrina. Every story I cover is a rewarding learning experience to share the stories about recovery.

Although, I currently write general assignment stories, I have a strong passion in sports and entertainment.

Living in New Orleans for four years I have grown as a reporter in ways I never could imagined. I was able to connect with my roots as New Orleans is the home of my late father who passed away before I got to college. Here in New Orleans I was able to connect to his memory.

I look forward in having a career that allows me to be the microphone to the voiceless.