About

I am a multimedia journalist in New Orleans with interests in investigative journalism, education, art, dance, music, food, consumer affairs and health. I love exploring, traveling and interviewing interesting people. I live happily with my husband in the Marigny. I lived in Manhattan for nearly 10 years, but at heart I’ve always been a New Orleans girl. My husband and I recently moved back in part because the cravings for crawfish just became too much to bear.

Currently, I’m a freelance reporter and producer working in New Orleans, Chicago and New York. In New Orleans, my work has recently appeared in the Lens, an investigative news site, and the alt weeklies the Gambit and Louisiana Weekly. I also work on a contract basis for DNAinfo.com, producing new video content for the ever-expanding company. I recently produced a new interview-based video update program for DNAinfo.com Chicago. It’s pretty cool because sources come into the office and dish the dirt about the latest stories the staff there has reported. A similar project is slated for DNAinfo.com New York.

Before I moved to New Orleans, I worked as an arts correspondent and anchor for DNAinfo.com, the local New York City-based website. I wrote feature stories frequently published on the home page and “Arts and Entertainment” section of the website.  I annually covered Fashion Week, the Armory Arts Show and the Tribeca Film Festival. I also did the morning video update, and edited 11 daily newsletters, every work day. I kept myself busy.

My work is very important to me, as is traveling. I have been to various parts of Europe, Central America, and India. In India, I learned that life is too short to not enjoy what you do, no matter what the current project is. I also learned that by taking a calmer approach to life, even hectic situations can be productive and enjoyable. I’m eager to see more and listen to more people’s stories. I love learning about other cultures, especially when it comes to food and art. I’ll eat or go see just about anything.

I graduated as a print concentrator at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. I earned a Master of Science, and completed coursework in cultural affairs, law, history, consumer journalism and digital media. At J-School I learned how to enhance narrative and hard news stories by creating packages complete with photography, video and audio pieces.

Previously, I was a professional modern and ballet dancer in New York. I began writing about dance in Dance Magazine, but have since been published in msnbc.com, cnbc.com, New York Press, and the hyperlocal New York publications Our Town, and Mount Hope Monitor. As a part of Columbia News Service, my work was syndicated to the New York Times Newswire was picked up by National Post, The Calgary Herald and the Chronicle Herald.

Browse around, and please drop me a line if you want to give feedback or have an interesting story to tell. Cheers!

Della

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