I am a recent graduate of Lehigh University, where I majored in journalism and minored in mass communication and health, medicine & society. In addition to my studies, I was an active member of my school community. In my final semester at Lehigh, I served as the managing editor of Lehigh's Brown & White newspaper, where I previously served as the sports editor and as an associate photography editor. I also spent the spring 2019 semester as a sports information and media relations intern in Lehigh’s athletic communications department. In addition to these editorial roles, I was also a sports writer and photographer for the Brown and White. As an incoming senior, I was appointed as the Vice President of Marketing and Publicity for Lehigh's chapter of the National Panhellenic Council, and I was excited to take on such an integral role within my school community. In the fall 2018 semester, I was a sports intern at LehighValleyLive.com, where I covered high school sporting events across the Lehigh Valley and New Jersey.
In the summer of 2018, I was an intern at the New York Post, where I worked at the photo desk alongside a team of editors and researchers. I developed an interest in photography at 12 years old, while I was at overnight camp in Maine. My first experiences with photography were old-school, using film, manual cameras and chemicals to eventually produce photographs. Having an understanding of how photography originated furthers my appreciation for the art form beyond the instant-gratification of modern photography. I am excited to see where this fast-growing digital world takes the art of photography.
Sports have always been an integral part of my life. Whether playing, watching or photographing, I have always been drawn to the action of athletics. I love being a sports photographer because I am able to merge my passion for sports with my affinity for art, two things which are not traditionally mixed. More recently, I have begun to develop a love for not only photographing sports, but for writing about them as well. The sports industry is unique in that across the globe, there is always a game being played, always an announcement being made, and always a story to be told. The odd-hour deadlines and speed in which a sports story, photo or video must be posted is something that greatly excites me and something that I could never get tired of.
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