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, Next City, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Civil Eats, Conde Nast Traveler, Poynter and others.
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 places by foot, drinking coffee while posting photos to Instagram, sweating away at the gym and on the walking trail, and impromptu dance parties with friends. I am a Solutions Journalism Network Classroom Mentor and volunteer with Kendall Whittier Main Street 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.