I'm a magazine writer living in Washington DC, and an editor at The Nation. I often cover health and environmental issues, but I'm generally interested in reported narratives about complex people and places. I've reported all over the United States and in Latin America for Rolling Stone, Narratively, Guernica, and other publications. My work has been shortlisted for the Livingston Awards and the National Awards for Education Reporting, and supported by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. In 2018 my reporting on race and infant mortality received the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.
I’ve reported from the U.S.-Mexico border on the separation of immigrant families; from Oklahoma on a legacy of nuclear poisoning; from Oregon during the Bundy brothers’ occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge; from West Virginia on the opioid crisis; and from Tennessee on the aftermath of an immigration raid.
I grew up in the Tillamook Forest in northwestern Oregon, where it rains more than 90 inches a year.