I am a breaking news and courts reporter for the Orlando Sentinel. I've also worked for the Boston Globe and its paywalled website, BostonGlobe.com; the Initiative for Investigative Reporting at Northeastern University; the Patriot Ledger, a daily newspaper in Quincy, Mass.; and the Jerusalem Post, an English-language paper in Israel.
I've complied a database of every homicide in seven Central Florida counties since 2015; covered the Pulse nightclub shooting from the early-morning hours to how families of victims adjusted to their new lives; and written about a terrified caricature artist confronting the man who ended his career, people who helped the injured after the Boston Marathon bombings, and an elementary school girl who really, really likes bats.
I graduated from the Northeastern University School of Journalism. I speak Hebrew, English, and paltry Spanish.
Glenn Ferguson was sure he was going to die by the hands of a former co-worker, surrounded by people who came to Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure park on New Year’s Day 2016. He was not going to survive, he said. He was certain of it.
Navy Grad's cold-case homicide remains unsolved 30 years later (Orlando Sentinel)
In late May 1984, Pamela Cahanes said goodbye to her family. Her mother drove her to the airport, and she flew 1,300 miles to the Orlando Naval Training Center. But two days after she graduated from boot camp, her adventure was cut short.
For six weeks, Susie Boone said she called officials at the Lake Correctional Institution, trying to get the personal effects of her son, Adonis Boone, who was killed inside the prison.
Joy, then fear at Orlando's Pulse nightclub (Orlando Sentinel)
Brandon Wolf didn't really want to go out Saturday night, but a friend convinced him. So he showed up at the Pulse Orlando nightclub on South Orange Avenue with three friends, hoping to have a fun night.
Pulse victims live on in beauty salon (Orlando Sentinel)
Juan Pablo Rivera Velázquez is everywhere in his family’s Central Florida Parkway salon. But he’s also absent — not walking out of the back room with his hair tools, not planning parties with his longtime partner, Luis Conde, not swiping colorful eye shadows onto clients to make them feel beautiful.
It's June 16, four days after the Pulse nightclub massacre, and 16-year-old Teryus Garmon is standing in an Orange County driveway with a friend.
Civil citations gain popularity as alternative to arresting minors (Orlando Sentinel)
The number of juvenile arrests in Florida and in Orange County has declined, but Orange County led the state in the number of juvenile arrests made in three of the past four years, beating much more populous counties.
Two Who Aided Marathon Victims Meet Again In Dorchester (The Boston Globe)
Larry Hittinger and Michael Ward first encountered each other in the chaotic aftermath of the Marathon bombings, when they helped a young, injured boy and carried him to EMTs.
Bat fan visits Boston to learn about white nose syndrome (The Boston Globe)
Miriam Parrucci, a third-grader from Havertown, Pa., has loved bats since she was a year old. And she has worried about bats since she read an article about a disease caused by fungus that is devastating hibernating bats in North America.