I've been a storyteller for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I used to get a kick out of spotting typos on billboards and would spend hours at the library devouring Highlights Magazine. Somehow words quickly became my canvas through which I was able to see and better understand the world around me.
Over the years, I have worked as a journalist, copywriter, editorial assistant, editor, and digital producer for various online, hyperlocal, and national news outlets and higher education institutions.
Previously, I served as assistant digital producer, site and social media editor for two seasons of the Emmy-award winning television show, "SoCal Connected" on KCET.
I have worked as a journalist and contributor for NBC News and NBCUniversal, producing original reported content and packaging on-camera Instagram Stories and working closely with freelance video producers for accompanying pieces.
I was recently nominated as a finalist for the SoCal Journalism Awards presented by the Los Angeles Press Club for Best "Personality Profile" for my NBC Asian America story on the Donut Man.
My bylines have appeared as press releases and original reported articles for NBC News, VICE (Broadly and Tonic), Southern California Public Radio, KCET, OC Weekly, LA Weekly, HelloGiggles, Yahoo News!, The Aerogram, India-West, Louisiana Weekly, Alhambra Source, New America Media, University of California, Irvine, USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.
The stories I've reported have connected me to inspiring, resilient people. I've interviewed organizations and courageous individuals who are working to combat human trafficking and recruit more foster parents to fill culture and language needs.
I interviewed an actress who addressed racist trolls on the Internet, challenging the underrepresentation of diverse characters in theater and television. I also interviewed student-led organizations that are creating a safe space to break the stigma of mental and sexual health within AAPI communities. I also tried not to fangirl when I got to interview my childhood crush, Kev Nish, from Far East Movement.
I will never forget the faces I've met a long the way, or the stories that either broke my heart into a million pieces or gave me hope.
I will never forget the grieving mother who lost her son to a senseless drive-by shooting, the aspiring young childhood photographer who never let cancer define him; the nursing survivor who survived a mass shooting, or the fierce determination of a 14-year-old girl in Seattle who launched a petition at her middle school to make tampons and sanitary supplies free and available in all restrooms on campus.
There are so many stories yet to tell. I will always consider myself to be a storyteller by nature. My next adventure is to continue to write impactful, compelling stories and pursue my dream of working in philanthropy communications and education. I am also at work on a memoir chronicling my life growing up in the San Gabriel Valley as an Indian American woman and the proud daughter of immigrant parents who navigated an arranged marriage and carved out an unconventional path.