The Buffalo News

I spent the summer of 2015 interning at The Buffalo News in Buffalo, New York. I worked on the business desk, writing about three stories each week about the latest news within the business community of Buffalo, which was experiencing rapid growth in startups, apartment developments and more. In addition, I worked on general assignment stories on several occasions, reporting on essentially whatever was needed on a particular day. Below are examples of work I produced both on the business desk and the general assignment desk.

Rapid retirements open up more mechanics jobs than there are trained people to fill them

After covering a local event about a new program that offers to train public school students the basics of automotive services, I wrote this longer piece about the auto technician industry and the need for younger, more tech-savvy employees. It ran as the dominant story in that day's business section.

8 groups chosen for Buffalo Student Sandbox, an incubator for students who want to develop startups

For this story, about a student entrepreneurship incubator in downtown Buffalo, I sat in with the participants of the program for a day and wrote about their experiences and the program itself. At the time I worked in Buffalo, the city was experiencing an economic upswing, which included a large emphasis on entrepreneurship and an effort to nurture startup companies.

Secretary of Navy and other alums return to USS Little Rock

I attended a reunion aboard the USS Little Rock for former crew members, which includes Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. I spoke to Mabus and other former crew members for this coverage. The reunion was just days after a shooting at a Navy recruiting center in Tennessee, so I asked Mabus' press secretary about that as well and included it in the story.

Furor over higher fast-food wage

I co-wrote this story in the wake of Gov. Andrew Cuomo calling for an increase in the minimum wage. The article examines reactions from both employees and business owners who would feel the effects of the increase. 

ADA's 25th anniversary marks celebration of progress

This story is an event coverage of a celebration to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The event was held at
Canalside in Buffalo and focused on the progress made in those 25 years.

'Rooted in partnership,' Pop-Up program plants

This article focuses on "Queen City Pop-Up," a program that offers free rental space in downtown Buffalo to small businesses in an effort to attract participating shops to stay there and to draw shoppers to the area.