Since my early days as a journalist, I have gravitated to stories of darkness. As a staff writer for The Village Voice, AlterNet.org, and the Santa Fe Reporter, I have gone undercover with white supremacists in New Jersey; told the story of a young woman who murdered her sexually abusive father; examined controversial new forms of electroshock therapy; exposed a rat-infested funeral home; and explored the racial dynamics of California prison riots. In addition to these adventures, I've covered politics, immigration, housing, and education for a variety of publications as a freelancer.
My commitment to narrative journalism extends across mediums: I am a book editor, a video producer, and I'm developing my own podcast, an interview show called How to Be a Badass.
I hold a M.A. in American Studies from Columbia University, where I edited The Columbia Journal of American Studies, and a B.A. in Print Journalism from Texas State University. I live in Brooklyn with my two energetic children, a Russian who is not a spy, and a cat who acts like a dog.