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WGEM-TV - Resident Reporter - Quincy, Illinois

5/14/14 - ADAMS COUNTY, Ill. (WGEM) - Adams County is no stranger to meth. Last year, it lead the state of Illinois in meth busts, and this year it comes in second. According to the West Illinois Drug Task Force, the number of busts have increased every year since 2009 except this one. It was no coincidence that also in 2009 the popular "shake and bake" method began popping up in the area. While the frequency of use has gone up the money behind the drug hasn't exactly followed suit.

6/12/14 - MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) - Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White was in Macomb to present grants for library renovation and repair. In his role as state librarian, White brought $2.3 million to the Macomb Public Library. 

6/08/14 - PITTSFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) - It's the first full weekend in June which means different things for different people - but for the Abe Lincoln Project Pike County, that means putting on their 13th annual Civil War re-enactment.

5/30/14 - MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) - After being approved in the House, the $1 billion capital bill for new transportation projects in Illinois was approved by the Senate. Among some of the projects in consideration is the Macomb Bypass, which would make travel around the western Illinois city much more efficient.

6/10/14 - PITTSFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) - In many small towns across the area fire departments could use all the help they can get. A lot of times there isn't enough man power or money, but for the Pittsfield Fire Department the biggest problem is a lack of space.

6/01/14 - QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Quincy Police Department along with Adams County EMS and the Fire Department responded to a call around 11:20 Saturday night of a 34 year old man who was shot outside his home. Initial reports say he was shot in the neck, but according to a family member the man was shot in his right shoulder. According to the police department, the victim had a confrontation with people in a black Chrysler Sedan before the shooting.  

5/13/14 - QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Surveillance video got credit for helping catch two people who vandalized several planter boxes in downtown Quincy. With more security cameras going up all the time to protect property and keep you safe, are you losing some rights to privacy?

5/03/14 - BARRY, Ill. (WGEM) - It's an event that brings in over 500 people to the Tri-States - the United States Practical Shooting Association has held its national championship in Pike County for the past five years.

5/12/14 - QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - New trucking safety regulations meant to limit the amount of hours drivers spend on the road are also creating job openings. There are currently more than 200,000 truck driving jobs available across the country.

5/20/14 - MACON, Mo. (WGEM) - After nearly a year in Afghanistan, all 125 soldiers who left from the 1438th Engineering Company returned. Bridge Specialist said, "Sense of relief to finally be home. I don't know I can't even describe it. It was amazing."

4/21/14 - QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - A Quincy mom is in jail, charged with Unlawful Restraint and Child Endangerment after police say she locked her 5-year-old son in her basement. A neighbor found the boy around 8 p.m. Easter night after he yelled for help through a locked basement window.

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CNN International - Intern - New York City, New York

Breaking News Coverage

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. 

Martin Nesirky - Spokesperson for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.  

Martin Nesirky - Spokesperson for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.  


'Source: U.N. report on Syria should be ready early next week'

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."
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'Everything You Need To Know About the United Nations'

While out of the United Nations I wrote and voiced this piece that aired on CNN Student News and was published online. 

You can view the full piece here.


CNN Affiliate Content Center - Intern - Atlanta, Georgia

Breaking News

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. 

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American Ebola Patient's Wife 'Praying Fervently' for His Recovery

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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INDIANA COUPLE CHARGED WITH HOLDING WOMAN IN A DOG CAGE FOR WEEKS

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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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4 firefighters injured when Ice Bucket Challenge goes wrong

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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.

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Enterovirus cases investigated in 12 states

Put this on notice when it was only in the St. Louis, Kansas City, and Quincy, Illinois areas.

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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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Northwestern News Network - General Assignment Reporter - Medill School 

After a recent onslaught of tornadoes in the Midwest, cell phone videos with shocking footage of the destructive twisters emerged. I went to find out who shot these videos and why? This piece is the recipient of the SPJ National Mark of Excellence Award for General TV reporting along with the Chicago/Midwest Emmy® in College Student Production for best story in general assignment news.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wins a second term as Chicago's mayor.

Northwestern News Network's coverage of Bob Dold's triumphant night, returning to the U.S. Congress after a two year hiatus.

A feature look at ISIS in Chicago and the influence it has online and consequentially on today's young adults.

US Bank has come under fire by the National Fair Housing Alliance for allegedly marketing foreclosed homes in white neighborhoods more favorably than in minority ones. Many member organizations have joined in the investigation including "Open Communities" in North Chicago.

This is a slice of daily life from WMAQ's morning anchor, Stefan Holt.

Amidst a U.S. government shutdown this federal healthcare center is putting programs in place to fight the furlough's effects.

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NBC News - Intern - Chicago, Illinois 

Breaking News Coverage

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. 

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TODAY Show - Great American Adventure

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.