At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, I covered a local K12 school district, and COVID-19 state data coming from Florida. When vaccines became available, I worked tirelessly to connect seniors in my area with appointments. National news outlets interviewed me about the experience, and about local journalism serving as a public good. From there, I burnt out and had to leave a job I loved and felt a deep commitment to. I chose myself, and have returned to journalism after a long road to recovery.
For the Tallahassee Democrat, published Dec. 31, 2020: I wrote about the first wave of people contacting me, a local reporter, for assistance connecting with the Leon County Health Department. From here, I received hundreds of messages for help.