journalist, data nerd, dog dad
I am a queer, first-generation Cuban American, and I devote my work to uncovering corruption and wrongdoing in our nation's criminal legal systems.
My reporting has shined a light on struggles to access HIV treatment, numerous homophobic murder trials, and this country's history of criminalizing queerness.
Right now, I'm a training director at Investigative Reporters & Editors Inc. — out of the University of Missouri's school of journalism — where I train newsrooms across the country on investigative reporting techniques.
Over the course of my career, I have investigated racism in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood, a racist, homophobic law that criminalizes HIV in Illinois, controversial surgeries on minors, anti-gay criminal cases, and how access to HIV treatment in Puerto Rico has been impacted by colonialism, natural disasters, a multibillion-dollar debt crisis and now, the pandemic.
FOIA, open data portals, you name it! I am a seasoned public records hound.
Long form Writing
I pride myself on telling dynamic, complicated stories with care and nuance.
I'm skilled using data (public or otherwise) to add crucial context and depth to my work.
Social justice Journalism
I specialize in work that focuses on how systems impact our most vulnerable.
My Writing Samples