The major breaking news stories often attract the most attention: Attempted terrorism. Fatal train crashes. Violence against police.

But it’s the stories behind the eye-catching headlines that I value most: Who are the people whose lives are changed by both the biggest tragedies and the most under-the-radar happenings in their communities? What do they gain? What do they lose?

As a reporter for NJ Advance Media, I’ve told those stories about domestic homicides, a political candidate who may have lied about her qualifications and what it takes to succeed in the state’s comedy scene, among many other topics. I use digital tools and alternative formats to share those stories in creative and innovative ways.

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.