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Finalist for photography, Peter Lisagor Award, 2018 - awarded by Peter Lisagor Award

As a visual journalism lecturer at Northwestern University, I worked with three students from the Medill Justice Project on an investigative piece about the housing properties owned by the District of Columbia. 

What began as a data-driven report quickly turned into an in-depth look at how blighted and abandoned properties affect the nearby residents in Washington, D.C. This was a collaborative effort, and is a body of work I am extremely proud of, not just for myself, but particularly for the in-the-field experience the students' gained, and the resulting nomination for the work. 

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First Place, Non-profit category, World Report Humanity Award, Festival of Ethical Photography, Italy - awarded by Festival Della Fotografia Etica

For 8 years, I've been documenting Care Harbor, a non-profit healthcare organization that offers free health care at their annual clinic in Los Angeles. My work was awarded first place in the non-profit category of the Festival of Ethical Photography in Lodi, Italy.

I spoke about my work and the state of the American healthcare system to audiences at the festival outside of Milan, Italy in October 2018. Many in the audience were surprised to see how dire healthcare options can be for low-income, uninsured or underinsured people in America. 


The "Evicted" exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., which featured my photography, ended its inaugural showing in May 2019. Now the exhibit will be traveling throughout the United States through the fall of 2020.

The exhibit is based on Matthew Desmond's book, Evicted, which examines the social/political/economic/racial disparities within the city of Milwaukee, and how African American women disproportionately constitute the majority of evictees. 

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