I'm a journalist who has worked in the statehouse bureau of the Houston Chronicle since the spring of 2014. I'm an Indiana native, but I recently obtained cowboy boots and a gun license, leaving me one horse short of becoming a Texan.
I used to work at The Seattle Times, where I covered public schools, local politics and state agencies. Before that, I attempted to set a world record for newspaper internships - with stops at The Washington Post, Orange County Register, Reno Gazette-Journal and Logansport Pharos-Tribune, in addition to The Times – and I edited my college newspaper, The Daily Northwestern.
I am most passionate about writing about people who we don't think about often enough.
I was part of the Seattle Times reporting team that won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News for coverage of a mudslide that killed 43 people. I also have twice been named a finalist for the Livingston Award. And in my first full year in Texas, I was named the state's Reporter of the Year.
More importantly, some of the work has made a difference. My coverage of questionable spending by Texas government officials has helped bring about several legislative reforms and personnel changes. Previously, my reporting on Seattle's mental-health system helped spur needed improvements and was cited in a landmark state Supreme Court case. At Northwestern, a series of my stories on wrongdoing by a top journalism professor helped force the school to do things differently.
A lobbyist implicated in a story once said in a deposition that he was “infuriated talking about Rosenthal even” (a sentiment I had previously heard only from ex-girlfriends). Another time, a spokesman for a state agency threatened to name its public-records wing after me.
But my biggest career highlight has probably been this: I once managed to get the word “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” into a story on the front page of The Seattle Times.