Who Am I?

I am a journalist and author. My debut book, Eve of a Hundred Midnights, recounts the true story of two journalists in love in China and the Philippines at the outset of World War II. I am represented by Jessica Papin at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

Much of my work features a strong sense of place and time, but I never shy away from a good story. A widely-published freelancer, My work appears in Atlas Obscura, The Oregonian, The Guardian, Pacific Standard, High Country News, Boom: A Journal of California, Gizmodo, the Portland Monthly and elsewhere. I previously edited the Ventura County Reporter and, before that, covered technology and legal affairs at the Pacific Coast Business Times. I also developed and coordinated community-focused journalism experiments in Portland, Maine, and Portland, Oregon. 

A 2011 Knight Digital Media Center multimedia and convergence fellow at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, in 2009 I earned a master's degree in Specialized Journalism from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. My master's work at USC consisted of in-depth reporting on the rapid evolution of Southern California's transportation system amid the Great Recession. This degree also included a science writing emphasis and studies in environmental science and policy, global civil society and sustainable cities. 

A graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine and Oberlin College, where I studied history with a politics minor, I interned at the daily Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and was a news writer and editor, perspectives editor and world and nation editor at the Oberlin Review.