About & Contact

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Photo by Adam Perez, in New York

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 and a contributing editor at MediaShift.

My work focuses on culture, power and powerlessness, identity and media, with an emphasis on revealing injustices and challenging assumptions. Professors tell me 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 their 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, underground LGBTQ communities, sports bettingvote polarization, 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.

You can listen to my stories on NPR, PRI and Here & Now. You can read them on 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 clients like Marketplace, Gimlet Media, New York Times Audio and WNYC.

Additionally, I host a mini podcast called “Loitering,” where every episode discusses the influence of space — whether it is physical, virtual or emotional. (The minipod’s name is inspired by the ‘Why Loiter’ movement fighting for women’s right to safe space, which I first encountered while reporting a story on canoodling couples in India. Past episodes have covered homelessness in the library and coping with documenting hate on Twitter).

As a contributing editor at MediaShift, I write about business and editorial trends in media and advertising, cover related conferences, 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, among others, and regularly appears on Digital Content Next, a trade publication that represents large publishers like the New York Times, National Geographic and NPR.

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