Veteran’s Choice Program

Here is an article that I wrote on the Veteran’s Choice Program for the Green Valley News. The article focuses on the confusion that most of the veterans felt regarding the program. Senator John McCain is featured in the story.


Desert Lens Video

Desert Lens is a science journalism project out of the University of Arizona School of Journalism’s Science Journalism program. The project is supervised by Prof. Carol Schwalbe, a retired print editor with National Geographic Magazine and the head of the science journalism program, and John de Dios, a freelance video producer for National Geographic News. The story compiles some of the best multimedia and video projects in the Fall 2014 science journalism class.

Aside from anchoring the program, I also served as managing editor for the class and the printed magazine; and also served as the executive producer for the multimedia show. As the executive producer, I worked closely with de Dios in putting the program together; editing the stories together, selecting the stories and putting the show together. This was then reviewed by Schwalbe who served as the News Director for the project.

Upward Migration

This story focuses on rising temperatures in the sonoran desert and how the hotter climate is affecting the vegetation on the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Ariz. The Biosphere 2’s Landscape Evolution Observatory weaves into the story through it’s potential to monitor these changes through its unique design and future experimentation.

Reptile Day

Reptile Day photoshoot is an afternoon spent working with photography, under the supervision of Cecil Schwalbe, wildlife photographer and Arizona’s first herpetologist, and John de Dios, freelance producer for National Geographic News. These are some of my favorite images from that afternoon.

Green Streets

Cities in the Sonoran Desert are heating up because of the urban heat island effect. Activist companies such as the Watershed Management Group are offering alternative infrastructure designs to fight the rising temperatures. Green streets redirect the flow of rainwater in a way that benefits local vegetation and the general populous that live near the infrastructure. Predominately concrete, the city of Tucson needs to implement “greener” ways of thinking to combat climate change. This story was published alongside a Green Valley News article attached below.