Hello, and thanks for visiting my site.
I’m an independent journalist, radio producer and editor. I’m also a senior fellow with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. My radio stories have aired on NPR, PRI, Here & Now and The World in Words. My written work has published in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harper’s, VICE News, Caravan Magazine, Roads & Kingdoms, Slate and WIRED, among others. I also regularly do tape syncs and produce for numerous clients, including Marketplace, Gimlet Media, New York Times Audio and WNYC.
My work focuses on culture, power and powerlessness, identity and media, with an emphasis on revealing injustices and challenging assumptions. I’m especially attracted to stories that have both local and global resonances. From 2009 to 2011, I was based in Shizuoka, Japan, where I taught English through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, as well as founded and produced a podcast series on racism, immigration and education in Japan. From 2013 to 2015, I was based in Lucknow, India, where I reported on the world’s largest election and on corruption and social issues in India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, (which could be the world’s fifth biggest nation). In 2016, with support from the International Women’s Media Foundation, I reported in Uganda ahead of its general election. I’m currently (mostly) based in Oakland, California, where I was born.
As a contributing editor at MediaShift, I also write about business and editorial trends in media and advertising, and track emerging media and press freedom around the world. My research and reporting has been cited by Nieman Lab, Mediagazer, Pew Research Center and the American Press Institute, and regularly appears on Digital Content Next, a trade publication that represents large publishers like the New York Times, Vox Media and NPR. In my spare time, I host a mini podcast called “Loitering,” named after the “Why Loiter” movement fighting for women’s right to safe space. Every episode discusses the influence of space — whether it is physical, virtual or emotional (past episodes have covered homelessness in the library and how to cope with hate on Twitter, for example).
My stories — particularly on the immolation of a “Facebook journalist,” India’s networked “sand mafia,” and a fight over the truth of history in California textbooks — are used as educational materials in journalism, criminal justice and religious studies courses. Since I was an intern, my reporting has also been cited in books and research papers that discuss digital media in an international context, politics and economic growth, gendered violence and sexualized minorities. Most recently, my reporting on foreign teachers working in rural America is influencing advocacy around American immigration reform.
Some of my favorite pieces and ones most meaningful to me are on language politics, accents and voice recognition technology, a woman’s gun, SantaCon and San Francisco history, underground queer communities, sports betting, polarizing votes, a strongman, politicking with Uganda’s top female politician, a day in the life of a lookalike of India’s prime minister, and my friend Kim Wall.
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