Vanessa is an award-winning journalist who has spent the past seven years covering the lives of Virginians for regional and statewide publications.
She specializes in research and data-driven enterprise journalism for a broad range of topics including education, affordable housing, environment and politics. Her high-impact work has compelled change by combining captivating anecdotes with data analysis to expose, explore and explain issues. To expand the reach of her stories, she pulls from her experience in video and photo production as well as audio editing.
Her investigative work on diminishing farmland, endangered water sources, school discipline disparities and a transgender student's childhood received state honors or other recognitions. Her co-written story package on Chesterfield County's affordable housing crisis, which has led to hundreds calling motels home, was recently included in a Washington Post newsletter as a noteworthy read. She also contributed to a story on the deadly clashes in Charlottesville that was named by The New York Times as an example of exemplary local journalism in 2017.
She also received awards and recognition for women galvanized following President Donald Trump's election, a young man killed days before his child was born, high school graduates shifting their tassels in alternative schools and people rebuilding lives shattered by natural disasters.
Her love of solo travel has taken her to the redwood forests in California, San Francisco, Acadia National Park and Boston, so far. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, not far from her four-year-old niece who educates her on the merits of cake pops and "Hotel Transylvania."