I'm a 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 various publications including Rolling Stone, Narratively, and Guernica. 

In addition to political reporting in Washington, 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. My cover story for The Nation on race and infant mortality won the 2018 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

I grew up in the Tillamook Forest in northwestern Oregon, where it rains more than 90 inches a year.