I’ve always had a passion for storytelling. I knew that was something I enjoyed doing. I enjoy being able to share other people’s stories with an audience, being able to connect to people that way. Coming out of high school, that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, in some capacity. I’m fortunate to have a job where I get to do that every day. I get to go out and tell people’s stories and share them with our viewers. Just being able to spread awareness – not just the issues and the problems, but also to spread awareness about the good things that happen in our community, the things that need to be celebrated and recognized and uplifted.
I’m a photojournalist and editor at WNDU. I started right at the end of last year.
The fall of 2016, my senior year, was when they created the youth advisor position for the Goshen City Council. I was grateful and fortunate enough to be the first one elected. That experience was everything I expected and more so. It was one of the highlights of my 22 years of living so far.
Everyone has a story. Everyone has something to share. I think that’s really what drew me to photojournalism and being a storyteller: Being able to share what connects us as people and share what drives us, what makes us think, what makes us feel.
There’s a sense that everyone has a place to belong in Goshen. Everyone kind of has their little niche, has something they can excel in, something that they’re passionate about. You can find somewhere to plug in and just be connected with the community and find your people and feel like you’re contributing to the community for the better. Everyone has an opportunity to contribute to make our community better. I think what makes Goshen special is that everyone you come into contact with seems to take advantage of that opportunity.
Writing and editing by Scott Weisser and Neil King