In the summer of 2014, following my graduation from college, I moved three and a half thousand miles away from home to Anchorage, Alaska. Once settled in the last frontier, I began working as a photojournalist for the city’s ABC and Fox affiliate. While working in television news was a departure from my academic background, I quickly adapted to the quick-moving environment of journalism. My experience as a photojournalist made me sharper and more resourceful — the chaotic days and fast turnover times polished the skills I already had, while adding some new ones to my arsenal.
My work as a photojournalist has given me some amazing opportunities, from extensive election and political coverage to exploring coal mines and riding with Iditarod mushers. However, I most enjoy covering stories that feature a distinctly human element. In my experience, these stories speak the most to people and garner the best reactions from viewers.