Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
— Theodore Roosevelt



Gun Violence Reporting Institute. Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Selected to participate in two-day reporting institute on covering gun violence held February 10-11, 2017 in Chicago.

2017 Reynolds Week Fellow.  One of 25 journalists and eight educators in the U.S., selected for this business journalism fellowship. Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business Journalism fellowship is given to journalists who want to do a deeper dive into a variety of money and business related topics.


Social Justice News Nexus Fellow. Part of the Cycle 4 journalism fellows at Northwestern University. Working on a six-month in-depth reporting project about food and agriculture. This project includes overseeing and working with several Northwestern journalism graduate students. 


Circle of Achievement. Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business Journalism.


Finalist. Peter Lisagor Award, Chicago Headline Club, for best in-depth news reporting, Time Out Chicago magazine, "In Too Deep: Behind the Race to Mackinac Tragedy." 


Winner. Peter Lisagor Award, Chicago Headline Club, for best breaking news story online, Time.com "The Blagojevich case: Like the Ali-Frazier Rivalry."


Winner. Florida Society of Professional Journalist, Awards of Excellence, St. Petersburg Times, "The Rhythm of Love."  


Member of St. Petersburg Times staff that contributed to and earned Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) Top 10 Best Sports Sections for over 250,000 circulation.


Wrote "Ride of his Life," a sports centerpiece feature about a cancer surviving cyclist, Buddy Boren, that contributed to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's selection of Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) Top 10 Best Sports Sections for over 250,000 circulation.

Big Ten Scholar athlete and inducted into Alpha Beta Honorary, Indiana University's honor society for student athletes for academic and athletic achievements as Division I NCAA varsity rower.


Recipient of William Randolph Hearst Foundation (Journalism), Scripps Howard and Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM) scholarships.

Finalist. Thomas R. Keating Feature Writing Competition, Indianapolis Press Club Foundation.


Girl Scout Gold Award recipient. Earned the highest honor in scouting, the female equivalent to the Eagle Scout award.