Bio and Background

The short of it: I’m a Business Reporter covering startups and the life science industry in San Diego, California. I’ve been working at local business magazine San Diego Business Journal since 2014.

Biography

As a business reporter in San Diego, I cover the region’s startup economy as well as the life science industries (pharmaceuticals, biotech, medtech, genomics, etc.).

The city is home to hundreds of life science companies (estimates range from 400 to 1,100) and more than 80 research institutes. Due to the major impact of this sector on the local economy, I frequently write on topics including venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and IPO trends.

After two years reporting on science and tech, I saw an opportunity to dive deeper into San Diego’s startup economy. To my editors, I pitched a new section of the journal dedicated entirely to startups and entrepreneurship, and later became the lead on this project. The new segment, launched June 2016 as “The Startup Page,” was designed to stand out from the rest of the publication. It was such a hit that the entire publication underwent a redesign to mimic its layout.

One year after the Startup Page launched, the section won an award from the Association of Area Business Publishers. In the national competition, the Startup Page took Silver for “Best Recurring Feature” in the large newspaper category.

The creation of startup coverage altered my job title from “Healthcare Reporter” to “Biotech & Startup Reporter.”

Outside of work, I love exploring new places, borrowing books I will never return, and learning about film, cooking, philosophy and economic theory from the wise vloggers of YouTube.