August 2013 – present
The Washington Post, reporter in Washington, D.C.

  • Covering public safety and criminal justice in Maryland.

July 2012 – August 2013
The Washington Post, American University fellow in Washington, D.C.

  • Covered Montgomery County Public Schools, the 17th largest public school system in the nation and one of the top performing districts in the country.
  • Attending American University to earn a graduate degree in journalism and public affairs.

June 2005 – July 2012
The Arizona Republic, reporter in Phoenix, Ariz.

  • Covered Phoenix City Hall and public affairs for the sixth-largest city in the nation, balancing coverage through daily and enterprise stories for print, breaking news online and via social media, and political blogging.
  • Completed a yearlong project examining how to diversify Arizona’s economy, “Arizona Indicators.”
  • Developed a model of Phoenix’s suburban growth for a Sunday A1 project exploring the lifecycle and development of area suburbs.
  • Covered development and government affairs for Scottsdale, Pinal County Goodyear and Avondale, Ariz.
  • Helped launch The Southwest Valley Republic, a community section of The Arizona Republic.

January 2005 – May 2005
Phoenix New Times, intern in Phoenix, Ariz.

August 2004 – December 2004
The Arizona Republic, intern in Scottsdale, Ariz.

  • Developed and covered the community college/higher education beat for Scottsdale, Ariz.

June 2004 – August 2004
National Geographic, editorial intern in Washington, D.C.

  • Conducted research for articles, maps and graphics; produced content for departments and online.
  • Wrote text and coordinated video, graphics and animations for interactive online quiz.

January 2004 – May 2004
East West Magazine, intern in Scottsdale, Ariz.

  • Edited and wrote articles for national Asian-American women’s magazine.

August 2003 – December 2003
Arizona Foothills Magazine, intern Scottsdale, Ariz.

  • Copy edited and fact-checked stories for lifestyle magazine.


August 2012-July 2013, American University in Washington, D.C.

  • M.A., Journalism and Public Affairs from the School of Communication.
  • Cumulative GPA: 4.0.

August 2001–May 2005 Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.

  • B.A., Journalism and Mass Communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.
  • Minor: Political Science.
  • Cumulative GPA: 3.88.
  • Completed independent study, developing a Web site about narrative journalism and non-fiction writing.


  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, computer assisted reporting, photo editing, SEO practices.
  • Familiar with HTML, CMS, audio editing via GarageBand, video editing via Final Cut Pro.
  • Speak conversational Vietnamese.


  • 2015 David Pike Excellence in Journalism; Best Feature Story.
  • 2013 Writers Guild of America East; John Merriman Memorial Award.
  • 2011 Arizona Republic Staff Award; Best beat reporter of the quarter for coverage of the Phoenix mayoral election.
  • 2011 Society of Business Editors and Writers Fellow – “Covering Public Pensions.”
  • 2011 Published in News Now: Visual Storytelling in the Digital Age on “Writing for the Web.”
  • 2008 Arizona Press Club award, third place project reporting, “Arizona Indicators.”
  • 2008 Arizona Associated Press Managing Editors Award; second place public service, “Arizona Indicators.”
  • 2006 Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Awards; finalist in multicultural reporting.
  • 2005 SPJ Region 11 Mark of Excellence Award; third place in-depth reporting.
  • 2005 William R. Hearst Award; ninth place feature writing, personality profile.
  • 2005 Best of the West Contest; first place feature writing.
  • 2005 Associated Collegiate Press; second place diversity writing.
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