I wrote my first story at age 7. It was a fictional account of a bear named Q who received a puppy as a gift. I later transitioned to global nonfiction work: I’ve written about refugees creating podcasts to stem gender-based violence, why work is so good for women in Iceland and immigration policies in the Northern Mariana Islands, among other issues. My stories have been published by The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Ms. Magazine, NBC News, Marie Claire, Al Jazeera America, Next City, BuzzFeed, Business Insider, Conde Nast Traveler, Poynter and others. I have also written a book about the people, places and unique histories of Main Streets in Oklahoma.
I am currently a Tulsa Artist Fellow sharing the stories of refugees and immigrants in Oklahoma. I have received reporting grants from The International Reporting Project (RIP), The Fistula Foundation, The Tulsa Artist Fellowship and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.
In addition to the above areas, I have also worked or conducted journalism or communications work from the Northern Mariana Islands, Samoa, China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Guatemala, India, Iceland, Ethiopia and the United States, where I am currently based.
I’m passionate about the issues facing women and girls, the intricacies of global poverty, social entrepreneurship and historic preservation.
Outside of work, I enjoy exploring new countries by foot, drinking coffee while posting photos to Instagram, sweating away at the gym and on the hiking trail, and impromptu dance parties with friends. I am a Journalism Mentor with the United Nations’ Refugee Agency (UNHCR) as well as volunteer with Kendall Whittier Main Street and Tulsa Honor Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
If you’d like to discuss a collaboration, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And because I know you’re curious to know what I look like:
This is me on a photoshopped day.
And this is me with one of my best friends on a beach day.