Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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REPORTER

Jan. 2013 – July 2016

Covered government, criminal and civil courts, crime, breaking news and general assignment stories

Pitched and executed longer-term reports and Sunday stories​

Worked night cops shift filing breaking news to the website and second-day stories, often on intense deadlines, for print

Used my iPhone to file stories, make photos and shoot video from breaking news scenes; advanced stories for the next day’s newspaper

Read all of my work at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

NOTABLE COVERAGE

Covered the mass stabbing of students at Franklin Regional High School
・ 2015 Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors: 1st place General News Reporting (staff); 2nd place Online Coverage of Breaking News (staff)

Covered a Nov. 2013 shooting outside Pittsburgh Brashear High School as school was letting out and the arrest of a suspected gunman
・ 2014 Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors: 1st Place Online Coverage of Breaking News (staff)
・ 2014 Pittsburgh Black Media Federation Robert L. Vann Media Awards: 1st place Newspaper Spot News (staff)

Traveled to Mount Carbon, W. Va. for two days, where I wrote about families who recounted a train derailment and massive explosion and explained how they adjusted to being displaced from their small town
・ Feb. 23, 2015 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Klein/Gibb award: “Lexi’s reporting from families who were literally running from the sounds of the explosions and were displaced for days kept readers focused on how the disaster impacted everyday people in the community.”

STORIES I BROKE

After obtaining a Facebook photo of a Pittsburgh police officer and an Allegheny County assistant district attorney toting gun evidence, I broke a story about their conduct being ‘contrary to office protocol.’

A week after a taxi driver said he was shot in a hate crime, I broke the news of an arrest in the case and took a deeper look at the investigation for the next day’s paper.

The inadvertent release of an out-of-state inmate, who was free for two weeks, caused Allegheny County Jail to alter the way it releases prisoners.

I filed this story on my phone in the car after spending a cold day near the water reporting on a local man who went missing in an Ohiopyle river.

CRIME AND POLICE NEWS

As a crime and police reporter, much of my day was spent deciphering scanner chatter, breaking news on our website and tweeting, all while digging deeper for the next morning’s print edition.

A New Florence woman talks about watching her boyfriend fatally shoot a police officer.
Police said he knew he was firing at an officer and later found the .270-caliber rifle used to kill the officer.

In an exclusive interview, a heartbroken young mother welcomed me to sit with her on her pastor’s front porch a day after her boyfriend fatally shot her 22-month-old.

After an 11-year-old died and a 16-year-old was injured in a shooting in their home, I developed a source relationship with the family, who told me what they saw, heard and felt that night.

Alternate jurors’ role can be challenging.

Making internal and external reforms, the Pittsburgh police chief talked his long view on reducing violence one year in.

Officer describes attack on K-9 Rocco.

OTHER AWARDS

2015

Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association ​Excellence in Journalism, Rookie Reporter Honorable Mention

Hopewell Area School District Public School Proud, Recognized by my alma mater as being a successful, hard-working alumna

COPY EDITOR / PAGE DESIGNER

May 2012 – Jan. 2013

Edited local, national, international news and sports articles for content and AP and Post-Gazette styles; checked facts

Designed and proofed broadsheet pages

Wrote headlines and photo captions

 Interned on the copy desk, summer 2011 and winter break 2011-2012