Fellowships & Awards


A Selection


Top Student Paper Award, International Communication Association, Journalism Studies 2019 Division, “Reconceptualizing Indigenous Journalism Through Information Poverty Theory”

Knight News Innovation Fellow, Tow Center for Digital Journalism 2018–2019

Graduate Research Fellowship—Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation 2016

Emerging Scholar Fellow, Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy 2016

Alumni Spotlight Award, Fife High School 2016

First Look Media Technology Fellow, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press 2015

  • Advisor and researcher on issues including digital security, government surveillance, and the future of media
  • Grant of $100,000

Research Fellow and Program Coordinator, Tow Center for Digital Journalism 2014

  • Project-managed $400,000 grant from the Knight Foundation and the Tow Foundation
  • Co-edited the book Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State
  • Coordinated and carried out a national poll on information security and journalism with the Pew Research Center
  • Created a “Journalism After Snowden” lecture series with the Information Society Project at Yale Law School

Contracted researcher and author, UNESCO (Grant of $32,000) 2013–2014

Fulbright Research Fellow to Switzerland, U.S. Department of State 2008–2009

French Language Fellow, Swiss Government 2008–2009

Dialogue and Reconciliation Research Fellow, Pacific Lutheran University 2007

  • Traveled to Norway, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Serbia and conducted interviews with Albanians and Serbians about post-conflict reconciliation in the Balkans

Washington State Legislative Fellow, Washington Newspaper Publishers Association 2007

  • Lobbied senators and representatives for the successful passage of the Washington State reporter’s privilege bill

Pinnacle Society Scholar (for service and leadership), Pacific Lutheran University 2007

Inspirational Woman of the Year, Pacific Lutheran University 2007

Award for Outstanding Senior in Communication, Pacific Lutheran University 2007

Wang Center Research Fellow, Pacific Lutheran University 2006

  • Conducted interviews with journalists, media organizations, and diplomats at the UN about media protection in conflict situations