I am currently a Ph.D. student in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh's in the Department of Instruction and Learning in the English/Communications program. 

My current research interests are focused on qualitative inquiries into what happens when the national news media comes to town.  I'm interested in deconstructing the spectacle of the media circus through the insider perspectives of the local news crews.  I'm interested in promoting media literacy through developing an ethnographic narrative examining how a major news story is shaped by the media frenzy and represented to the audience.