I am a Gates Millenium Scholar, Harry S. Truman Scholar, and Media Studies major at the University of California-Berkeley. I was born and raised throughout villages in the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. Territory in the Western Pacific. I produce, shoot, and edit all of my stories.
My passion for journalism began in elementary school. I woke up every morning at 6 a.m. to watch Christiane Amanpour read the day’s headlines before heading to school. No reporter resides and no newspaper is printed in my hometown. I started reporting on my personal blog in middle school and have not stopped telling stories since then. When I moved to the larger island of Saipan for high school, I started reporting for the Marianas Variety and Saipan Tribune on human interest stories, the environment, government, and other local news.
When Supertyphoon Soudelor hit in 2015, I was a stringer for the Pacific News Center and was eventually hired as an on-air correspondent for their ABC7 and FOX6 platforms.
Currently, I serve as the Executive Director of CalTV managing over 100 student media makers on campus who produce news, sports, and entertainment. I also completed a 9-month program as an intern at ABC7 News in San Francisco. I also recently co-founded Oceania Connects in an effort to reclaim and rewrite Pacific Islander narratives.