WRAL Eastern NC reporter
CN2 News in Rock Hill, South Carolina (2017-2020)
Awards & Recognition:
2020 Original Web Reporting (1st Place) RTDNAC (Div. II)
2020 General News by Multimedia Journalist (2nd Place) RTDNAC (Div. II)
2019 Multimedia Journalist of the Year (2nd Place) RTDNAC (Div. II)
It's a great responsibility and privilege that people trust us to share their story, and I don't take it lightly. Respect their story. Most people just want to be heard and understood.
Communication Studies & Journalism (Summa Cum Laude) -- UNC Charlotte, 2017
I was born in Russia and I speak Russian fluently.
Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:
I am an *amateur* guitar player. I have enough self-awareness to know I'm not good, but it's something I do in the evenings to unwind. I also love to cook, especially for a group of friends or family. My perfect weekend? Take me to a farmers market and let me prepare a fresh meal. Traveling is another joy in my life, I just wish I could do more of it.
I have two older sisters and one younger brother. I also have three nieces and two nephews! Family means everything to me, and I am really close to my parents and siblings.
Likes Best About North Carolina:
It's home! I grew up in Charlotte and spent summers on Carolina beaches. This state is dear to my heart.
Most Memorable Assignments:
I was sent to cover South Carolina's Parole Board and listen in on hearings. During my time there and the many cases heard, only one man received parole after spending 30 years in prison for murder. My cameras were rolling during his hearing. Months later, I did a follow-up story when he was released after three decades behind bars. That story stayed with me for so many reasons ...