I’m a public radio reporter, writer, media developer, videographer, and journalism educator based in Los Angeles. I created the Listening Post, an innovative community engagement project in New Orleans. I work with the international media development agency Internews to inspire similar community engagement media strategies around the US. I’m a regular contributor to NPR, and also have written for Al Jazeera America, the Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique, and other outlets.
For over a year, I reported on Louisiana’s disappearing coastline and climate change for WWNO New Orleans Public Radio, where I co-hosted The Debris, a podcast about post-Katrina life. Previously, I’ve reported from Egypt, Thailand, Tunisia, Vietnam, South Africa, China, Mexico, Peru, Ethiopia, Haiti, and Chile, after getting my start reporting at WBEZ Chicago. My video features regularly appeared on TIME.com. I’ve taught radio and international reporting as an assistant professor at The City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, and I taught multi-platform reporting and humanitarian communications for Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs.
I’ve trained local journalists in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Peru, South Africa and other places. I’m fluent in Spanish and have a masters degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and a bachelor’s from Kenyon College. I’m originally from St. Paul, Minnesota.