I am a health reporter for the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, California, focusing on public health issues. My 2018 USC CHJ Data Fellowship is focused on homelessness and public health. I am also a participating reporter in the USC Center for Health Journalism Reporting Collaborative project on California’s uninsured. I have worked for the USA Today Network for five years, most recently in California. Previously, I was the lead investigative reporter at the Times Herald in Michigan, where I worked on a yearlong opioid-abuse project that impacted local policy decisions. Further, I wrote many award-winning enterprise stories about homelessness and led an investigation that exposed a pastor who sexually assaulted a woman in his church.


This story was produced as part of a larger project led by Nicole Hayden, a participant in the USC Center for Health Journalism's 2020 California Fellowship, covering homelessness in the Coachella Valley.
Her other stories include:
Palm Springs shelter avoided COVID-19. Homeless say they need more t