Photo by Sasha Swerdloff

  Photo by Sasha Swerdloff

I'm a journalist living in Washington DC. Currently I'm an editor at The Nation, and I contribute occasionally to Rolling Stone. I often write about health, environmental issues, and inequality, but I'm interested in reported narratives about all sorts of things. I investigated a novel immigration enforcement program in Louisiana; covered the very early days of the Bundy occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon; reported on a legacy of nuclear testing in Oklahoma; and wrote about how racism gets under the skin and affects a mother’s chances of seeing her child live past its first birthday.

I also play music—mainly blues, roots, and country—with the bands Bearcat Wildcat and Tillamook Burn. I've performed at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival, the Down East Folk Arts Festival, and at venues in England, France, and the Netherlands. The Huffington Post once called me "amazingly talented... a soulful singer and an impressive guitarist," though you can't trust the liberal media.

I grew up in the Tillamook Forest in northwestern Oregon.