Photo by Sasha Swerdloff

  Photo by Sasha Swerdloff

I'm a writer and musician living in Washington DC, and an editor at The Nation. I often write about health, environmental issues, and inequality, but I'm generally interested in reported narratives about complicated people and places. I've reported on the ground in more than a dozen states, and for various publications including Rolling Stone, Narratively, and Guernica. My cover story for The Nation on race and infant mortality won the 2018 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

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, and attended Vassar College in New York.