Aloha, I am a Hawaii-based journalist. I am interested in news from the Pacific region, especially the Hawaiian Islands, and have reported on the area extensively with a local and global audience in mind. 

I am currently the Night Editor for BuzzFeed News, where I work with a global breaking news team and report on everything from pop culture to politics.

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At the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter’s 2017 Excellence in Journalism Awards, I won first place in the Breaking News Reporting category for my news coverage on the Hawaii v. Trump case. I was the only reporter sharing information live from the courthouse in Honolulu, and I worked with DC-based reporters to get our coverage up asap. In a follow-up story, I reported on death threats sent to the judge.

“Nice job on the handling the story that is so complex,” a SPJ judge wrote in the comments for the award.

I was a finalist in Online News Reporting for my coverage of Mark Zuckerberg’s multimillion dollar property on Kauai and the legal battle he had instigated to acquire more land. My first story on this topic had almost 200,000 views. Eventually, there was so much backlash that Zuckerberg changed his decision.

I was also a finalist in 2017 in the Headlines category for writing innovative and exciting headlines meant to capture the reader’s attention and give an clear description of the story’s essence. 

At the the Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter’s 2016 Excellence in Journalism Awards, I was awarded Best Reporting Using Social Media for my story on Disney pulling a Moana costume after people were angered over it using "brownface."

Before BuzzFeed, I was a Hawaii stringer for the New York Times and a contributor to the Honolulu Civil Beat. Prior to this, I lived in the Bay Area and wrote for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Bold Italic, and the Bay Citizen. I also wrote a weekly music column for the San Francisco Chronicle.

I started my career as a Society of Professional Journalist Fellow at Honolulu Magazine, where I wrote about local artists, ocean issues, hiking books, and reasons to love Hawaii. While in college, I interned at PBS Hawaii, Hawaii News Now (then-KHNL News), and McSweeney’s Book Publishing in San Francisco.

I earned a MA in Journalism at Columbia University in New York City and a BA in English and Psychology at Oberlin College in Ohio. 

In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, hiking, and surfing — and doing all of these things with my dog.