It’s become an instinct: A police alert pops up on my phone or an official sends a message on social media, and I’m on the way to my car to cover the breaking news. Whether it’s a train crashing into a station or busses colliding in downtown Newark, I’ve learned to move fast and write faster.

In the midst of the big headlines, though, it’s the stories within the stories that I value most. Who are the people whose lives are different because of the tragedy? What do they value? What did they lose?

As a breaking news reporter for NJ Advance Media, I’m always looking for those stories. And I’ve told them – after violence against police, inner-city shootings and attempted terrorism, among other events.

My work appears on NJ.com and in The Star-Ledger. I’ve previously reported for news outlets including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the New York Daily News, and I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2014.