I am a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist with a nose for news and a hopeless fascination with arts, culture and travel. I am also a part-time lecturer and a graduate student at California State University, Northridge, where I am pursuing a second master's degree in mass communication. My research focuses on ethnic media and the Filipino diaspora in Los Angeles. In 2018, I was named one of five recipients of the AAJA-Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship.
For about 10 years, I was a staffer at the Acorn Newspapers, a family of five weekly community papers headquartered in Agoura Hills, Calif., where I had the opportunity to cover crime, breaking news, health, environmental issues, business and local politics. I served as editor of the Simi Valley edition from March 2014 to August 2017.
My feature work has also been seen in Huffington Post, Filipinas magazine, Beyond the Acorn magazine, Taste.Company and Furtherfield.org, a London-based arts network.
I love to bake and graduated from a six-month pro baking course at the New School of Cooking in Culver City in 2015.
I can type 88 words per minute.
I lived in London, England from 2008 to 2009, during which time I obtained my first master's degree in visual culture from the University of Westminster, spent many hours wandering art museums and consumed gratuitous amounts of fish & chips.
I have a Pomeranian named Penny Lane. Because yes, I love the Beatles.