After leaving her hometown of Baltimore, Emma spent five years covering arts & culture in the mountains of Virginia before joining Houstonia in January 2020.

During her tenure in the commonwealth, she walked with ghosts through the state's oldest municipal cemetery, became BFFs with one of the writers behind the Despicable Me franchise, and borderline stalked an Elvis Tribute Artist — but in her defense, she won multiple awards for that story, and he was crowned the world's best ETA. Her work has been picked up by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and The Associated Press.

When Emma's not chasing down a story, taking in a musical, or watching a superhero TV show, she's spending time with her giant, sweet potato fry-stealing cat, Boh (named after Charm City icon Natty Boh), whose raison d'etre is to be a real-life Garfield.

No "Bah Humbugs" Here

Alley Takes Its Annual Production of A Christmas Carol Online

The company will also be transforming the George R. Brown Convention Center into a winter wonderland for Deck the Trees.

10/26/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Starstruck

Get the Red-Carpet Treatment When You Vote at Toyota Center on Saturday

It's all part of MTV's star-studded event celebrating the first-ever nationwide Vote Early Day.

10/23/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Scary feet, scary feet, scary feet!

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, Oct 23–25

Can you feel the art tonight? 'Cause we can.

10/23/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Schedule Shift II

UPDATED: Broadway at the Hobby Center Postpones New Season until April 2021

The new season now begins this spring with a visit from the Blue Man Group.

10/20/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Stick to Your Cause

Dana Tanamachi's Putting Her Stamp on the USPS

The native Houstonian's stamp, which rolled out in August, has become a symbol in the fight to save the postal service.

10/20/2020 By Emma Schkloven

amuck amuck amuck!

Houston’s Halloween 2020 Happenings

From symphony concerts, to family friendly activities, to screenings of "Hocus Pocus," there’s a haunted event for you.

10/20/2020 By Emma Schkloven

It's Gonna Be Lit

Yeah, We're Still in a Pandemic, but Come November There'll Also Be Zoo Lights

The Houston Zoo's annual display of colorful holiday cheer kicks off November 14 and runs through the beginning of January.

10/16/2020 By Emma Schkloven

The new Uncle Sam

Curbside Larry Wants YOU to Vote ... from Your Car

Our favorite HCPL hype man is back to tell you all about Harris County's drive-thru voting.

10/16/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Have you voted yet?

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, Oct 16-18

Saxophones, multimedia art, and Robbert Kennedy.

10/16/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Page to Screen

Bryan Washington's New Book is Being Made into a TV Show, and It Hasn't Even Hit Stands Yet

The follow-up to his acclaimed short story collection, Washington's first novel, "Memorial," will be released on October 27.

10/15/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Say His Name

New George Floyd Mural Encourages People to Vote

The colorful mural, which is located in the Third Ward, was commissioned by Floyd’s family in commemoration of his 47th birthday on October 14

10/14/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Democracy in practice

Send Us Your "I Voted" Selfies

And we'll feature you on our website.

10/14/2020 By Catherine Wendlandt

2020 Election

Congrats, Houston! We Keep Breaking Harris County Voting Records

Millions, literal millions, of Texans have voted.

10/13/2020 By Emma Schkloven

I got bingo!

Go Vote, Then Play Election Bingo

Have some civically minded fun and games.

10/13/2020 By Catherine Wendlandt Illustrations by Monica Fuentes Carroll With Emma Schkloven

All Politics is Local

Acres Homes Native Mayor Sylvester Turner Knows His Roots

The local leader attests to the power of community-oriented neighborhoods.

10/13/2020 By Emma Schkloven

All Politics is Local

Senator Ted Cruz Is a Diehard Houstonian

A love of small business and the Constitution blossomed in the Bayou City.

10/13/2020 By Emma Schkloven

All Politics is Local

Annise Parker's Free Range Youth Instilled a Passion for Nature

The former city mayor’s love of Houston greenspace is rooted in Spring Branch.

10/13/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Rest In Power

Houston Mourns Death of Transgender Activist Monica Roberts

The native Houstonian and transgender rights advocate was the founder of the influential blog, TransGriot.

10/09/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Find a unicorn

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, Oct 9–11

So much art. So little time.

10/09/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Finding the way

Meet the Groundbreaking Publisher Who Built an Empire of Hispanic Literature

As a child, Nicolás Kanellos couldn't find books that accurately portrayed his Hispanic heritage. As an adult, he sought out and published the ones that did.

10/08/2020 By Emma Schkloven