I am a 23-year-old writer from Warner Robins, Georgia. I recently graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Georgia with degrees in English and International Affairs. I also earned certificates in interdisciplinary writing, global studies, and children’s literature. In 2011 I founded the Georgia Political Review and served as editor-in-chief. I’ve written for USA Today College, The Daily Beast, Real Clear Politics, The American Conservative, The Macon Telegraph, The Houston Home Journal, The Red and Black, The Georgia Political Review, Partisans, and The Citizen. My poetry has appeared in Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teenagers, published by Candlewick Press.
I’m now serving as a Collegiate Correspondent for USA Today, where I write a story once a week. My favorite articles have been a series of pieces on chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a little-known and incurable illness that debilitates a million Americans. I also loved reporting a piece on Gautam Narula, a University of Georgia sophomore who befriended the famous death row inmate Troy Davis and wrote a book about their unique relationship.
During spring and summer 2012, I interned at Newsweek and The Daily Beast, where I worked for former Bush speechwriter and current political commentator David Frum. While there, I wrote about 90 short pieces for the Daily Beast and also edited and posted Frum’s blog entries for the site. Highlights included seeing all of the 2012 Republican primary candidates speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), writing this review of a history of the Nobel Peace Prize, and covering the Supreme Court’s historic decision on the Affordable Care Act in late June.
It all started in spring 2011 when I met with five other UGA undergraduates and decided to found a new journal of politics and foreign affairs, a first at our university and in our state. I soon became editor-in-chief of the Georgia Political Review, built our website, wrote our business plan, recruited our staff, attracted advertisers, raised capital, wrote and edited content for the site and magazine, and eventually printed the magazine. We’ve since published three editions. We have since set the ambitious goal of becoming the nation’s most interactive college political journal.
I’m also currently writing a screenplay.