On campus, I served as Editor-in-Chief and Elections Editor of the UChicago political journal, The Gate. As Editor-in-Chief, I oversaw an editorial board of over 20 people and production of the print magazine and online journal. I spearheaded efforts to increase readership including a new website and worked to recruit new writers and editors. I personally edited hundreds of articles and generated pitches on local, national, and international elections. As a reporter for the publication I was awarded the inaugural David Axelrod Reporting Grant to report on domestic human trafficking along the West Coast. I reported from the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and road-tripped to Detroit to interview candidates for DNC Chair. One of my final stories for The Gate exposed new information regarding sexual assault allegations against a candidate for Alderman, and was picked up by local publications including Politico’s Illinois Playbook.
As EIC of The Gate I helped found and oversaw the Cook County Jail Project (now the Bridge Writing Workshop), which consists of UChicago students facilitating creative writing workshops at Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC) throughout the school year. CCDOC is the largest single-site jail in the country, and the program aims to introduce writing as a tool of self-expression to incarcerated individuals and teach UChicago students about mass incarceration reform and criminal justice. As a reporter for The Gate I wrote multiple stories about health care facilities at the jail, interviewing detainees and conducting reporting trips at CCDOC throughout my time in Chicago.
As the EIC of the Gate and the Communications Chair of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics Student Advisory Board (SAB) I moderated several events over the course of my college career, ranging from intimate students-only workshops with renowned journalists, to a roundtable with Deval Patrick, to a panel with the hosts of Pod Save America in front of hundreds of students. As the Communications Chair of SAB I also advised the Institute on best communication methods, created digital content for the IOP’s social media, and worked with the rest of the board to advise IOP staff on various topics in weekly meetings. At the IOP I also was the 2016 Summer Programs Intern and 2016-2017 Events Intern, organizing student logistics for more than 100 events.