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.

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

Theater News

The TUTS 2020-2021 Season Includes Broadway-Bound 1776

From the classic South Pacific to the family-friendly Little Mermaid, the upcoming season of Theatre Under the Stars has a show for every age.

01/22/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Live From Houston ...

J.J. Watt to Host Saturday Night Live Ahead of Super Bowl

The Texans defensive end is the first athlete to host the sketch comedy and variety show since NBA star Charles Barkley.

01/21/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Party Like it's 2002

Blue October and Bowling for Soup to Headline Mardi Gras Galveston 2020

Plus, norteña band La Leyenda and a new Bumpin’ Bus Parade.

01/20/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Hazardous History

Graphic Novelist Nathan Hale Talks About Highlighting History Through Cartoons

Graphic novelist Nathan Hale talks highlighting history through cartoons.

01/17/2020 By Emma Schkloven

Piñata-tastic

5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, Jan. 17-19

From foreign films to magical booze to angry comedy, here's what you need to check out this weekend.

01/17/2020 By Emma Schkloven

The LBD

The Traveling Black Dress, Part 3: Halloween Makeover Edition

New ways to accessorize that black dress in your closet

10/23/2014 By Beth Muecke