Natalie is a veteran reporter with more than a decade of experience. Most of her time in the business has been spent reporting on big-time college football in the South.


Currently, she is an enterprise reporter covering culture, diversity and inclusion for The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois. The former collegiate volleyball player is the founder of The Mental Game 501(c)(3), a non-profit organization focused on starting important conversations — and helping to normalize conversations — about mental health in the sports world. 


Prior to starting the mental health foundation, the award-winning journalist was a senior reporter covering college football in the Southeastern Conference for AL.com and The Birmingham News. Her career has also taken her to Tallahassee, Florida where she spent more than three years covering Florida State football, basketball and baseball for the Tallahassee Democrat. Natalie got her start in Cleveland, Mississippi, where she worked as a general assignment reporter and weekly columnist for The Cleveland News Leader.


A native of Lake Mary, Florida, Natalie earned her Master of Science in broadcast & digital journalism from Syracuse University and her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Delta State University.