Chemical Weapons in Syria
After chemical weapons were used in Syria during the summer of 2013 I was at the forefront of CNN's United Nations coverage working alongside correspondents Richard Roth and Nick Paton Walsh. My responsibilities included obtaining soundbites from key ambassadors along with asking relevant questions at the UN press briefings.
During our coverage I personally obtained globally breaking information from a private briefing with a Western diplomat regarding when a United Nations chemical weapons analysis would be finished.
"The inspectors collected evidence from the site of the August 21 attack outside Damascus, and laboratories have been processing the material for more than a week. A diplomatic source told CNN that the findings would be presented on Monday, while another source said the report would 'likely' be presented Monday or Tuesday."
While out of the United Nations I wrote and voiced this piece that aired on CNN Student News and was published online.
While working out of CNN's Atlanta newsroom, I was responsible for monitoring and alerting breaking news in certain parts of the United States. Below is a collection of stories that I either alerted the network of or coordinated access for.
Coordinated with local affiliates to provide CNN with information on the latest infected American at the time along with the first public comments from Nancy Writebol, the recently recovered missionary.
Dr. Rick Sacra is the latest American to become infected with the Ebola virus while working in Liberia for the aid organization Serving in Mission.
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A young Indiana mother was gagged with chloroform and held captive for two months, forced to wear a dog collar tethered to an "intricate restraint system" and kept in a wooden cage built by one of her "sadist" captors, police said. The woman was repeatedly beaten and raped until a stranger risked his own life to rescue her, officials said.
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An ALS Ice Bucket Challenge went terribly wrong in Campbellsville, Kentucky, when four firefighters were seriously injured after participating in a group event, according to Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette.
Put this on notice when it was only in the St. Louis, Kansas City, and Quincy, Illinois areas.
Respiratory illnesses caused by an enterovirus are sending hundreds of children to hospitals throughout the Midwest and Southeast, health officials say. Twelve states are reporting clusters of enterovirus illnesses: Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Utah.
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State of emergency in Illinois as deadly storms rock Midwest
I travelled with NBC News' Midwest team to Lisle, Illinois after major flooding had damaged the city and surrounding areas.
A massive and deadly weather system carrying potentially sever thunderstorms, damaging winds and possibly even tornadoes was soaking the nation's midsection with flash floods reported in Chicago and heavy rain expected to cause major flooding along the Mississippi River.
As part of their "Great American Adventure" tour, TODAY made its stop in Chicago. In preparation for the show I helped plan Chicago-specific segments along with help coordinate features and stories from around the city, including Northwestern University. Due to tornado devastation in Oklahoma the show was cut short, but continued as an hour long show from Chicago's Millennium Park and "The Bean." During the show I helped transport and coordinate guests while also tending to any studio needs.