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.

5 Things: The Everything’s-Being-Cancelled Edition

5 Houston-Connected Songs to Sing While Washing Your Hands

Remember to cough into your elbow … and stop hoarding all the toilet paper.

03/13/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Listen to the fabric of Houston

Travel the World at the Free DiverCity Project Concerts

The new, free concert series lets you tour Houston's cultural communities through music.

03/06/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Big Brother

5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, Mar 6-8

"Take It Easy" ... or to The Limit this weekend.

03/05/2020 By Emma Schkloven

A Voice of Change

HGO Finds Historic Resonance in Marian's Song

The new opera, which makes its world premiere this week, brings the triumphant story of vocalist Marian Anderson to life.

03/05/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Welcome to the rock

REVIEW: Come From Away at the Hobby Center Takes Audiences to New Heights

In between rousing group numbers and hilarious dialogue, the musical's message of compassion soars.

03/04/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Tony Winners Galore

Broadway at the Hobby Center’s 2020-2021 season includes Hadestown

There's also a couple classics (both traditional and modern), comedies, and some blue stuff.

03/03/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Goin' to the chapel

The Rothko Is Getting a $30 Million Revamp

The beloved chapel's new Visitor Welcome Home is set to open this month.

03/02/2020 By Emma Schkloven

It's Leap Day

5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, Feb 28–Mar 1

It's a Leap Day weekend filled with pre-rodeo goodies, cat videos, and artistic finds.

02/28/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Laugh Your Problems Away

5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, Feb 21-23

This weekend brings guitar masters, addicting dramas and Italian designs.

02/21/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Daring Diplomacy

The Alley's Camp David Brings Drama of History to Houston Stage

The play tells the story of the 1978 Camp David Accords, which brought peace between Egypt and Israel.

02/20/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Stratospheric Soul

Nashville Soulster Devon Gilfillian Talks Busting Musical Boxes Ahead of Houston Shows

The Music City up-and-comer's debut album, "Black Hole Rainbow," dropped last month.

02/13/2020 By Emma Schkloven

So. Many. Beads.

5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, Feb 14-16

Because nothing says romance quite like a meal that used to chirp.

02/13/2020 By Emma Schkloven

History in the making

10 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month This February

Whether you’re a history-buff, a theater-lover or an outdoorsman, there’s something for everyone.

02/07/2020 By Catherine Wendlandt and Emma Schkloven

Rainbow Connection

5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, Feb. 7-9

Roots-rock, monster trucks, and a Black History Month concert.

02/07/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Taking Chances

Chance the Rapper Is Coming to the Houston Rodeo

From Chance to Lizzo, the lineup is now complete, so go get those tickets.

02/04/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Here's to Happier

Marshmello Bringing Sweet Beats to the Rodeo

The EDM star has just been announced as part of RodeoHouston's 2020 lineup.

02/04/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Good As Hell

Lizzo to Make Houston Rodeo Debut With Friday Concert

The "Good As Hell" singer is one of the final acts to be announced in this year's festival lineup.

02/04/2020 By Emma Schkloven

FUR-ST and Goal!

Houston Brings the Cuteness to Puppy Bowl XVI

Meet the canine competitors representing the Bayou City in this year's Animal Planet special.

01/31/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Ice, Ice ... Houston

5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, Jan 31–Feb 2

Activities that have nothing to do with the Super Bowl.

01/31/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Drum Up Some Fun

5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, Jan. 24-26

Celebrate the Lunar New Year, drum up some fun or enter a bloody Big Top ... if you dare.

01/24/2020 By Emma Schkloven