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.

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

Making Space

With Kindness and Dignity, Houstonian Chantal Rochelle Is Creating Waves at Buzzfeed

A local girl explores Black identity as a web host, on her own terms.

10/08/2020 By Emma Schkloven

#BadBadBeagle

Need A Laugh, Houston Party Goblins? Iliza Shlesinger's Got Your Friday Covered

The "Elder Millennial" comedian makes a stop at Moonstruck Drive-In on Oct 9. And yeah, we mean in person.

10/07/2020 By Emma Schkloven

On the Road Again

Our 4 Favorite Vintage RV Resorts Across the Country

Experience the fun of the RV without the hassle.

10/07/2020 By Timothy Malcolm, Denise Cathey, Emma Schkloven, and Dianna Wray

On the Road Again

Take a Dip in Pagosa Springs

Southwest Colorado’s year-round attraction offers both relaxation and excitement.

10/07/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Jazzing Up Livestreams

Da Camera Announces Two New Series and a Range of Virtual Fall Concerts

The jazz and chamber music presenter stops for no one—not even Covid-19.

10/06/2020 By Emma Schkloven

They Will Rock You

Concerts Are Returning to Houston, Thank the Music Gods

White Oak Music Hall is launching a new outdoor concert series, plus other venues announce upcoming shows.

10/06/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Keep thy mask onneth!

5 Things to Do in Houston This Weekend, Oct 2–4

Is that cold front we were promised here yet?

10/02/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Nevertheless, she persisted

Chelsea Clinton Talks Olympics and the Power of Persistence Ahead of Virtual Reading Tonight

The former first daughter and bestselling children's author will discuss her newest book, "She Persisted in Sports," with Brazos Bookstore. .

09/30/2020 By Emma Schkloven

The Times Are A-Changin’

Our Fall Arts Guide, Coronavirus Edition

Here’s what’s happening (and not happening) this season in Houston's arts and culture world.

09/29/2020 By Emma Schkloven

El Zócalo

The Alley Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month in Virtual Style

The monthlong programming includes virtual readings, original stories, and musical performances.

09/25/2020 By Emma Schkloven