I am an award-winning journalist with credits in The Washington Post, O, The Oprah Magazine, Parade, National Geographic, Ms., TheAtlantic.com, NYTimes.com, MSN, The Daily Beast and other publications and Websites. In addition to an MA in journalism, I have a master’s in urban planning with a specialization in international development and have written and edited for several organizations, including UNICEF and The World Bank.
I cover a range of topics–I’ve spent days beading with Maasai women in Kenya and trekking up pyramids in Mexico. I have made several trips to Haiti since the January 12, 2010 earthquake, reporting from the tent cities and makeshift wards at the general hospital through a grant from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. I’ve worked the red carpet at movie premieres and profiled celebrities and politicians, as well as ordinary people with remarkable stories, like Carlton Henry, a drug dealer turned champion fencer, and Lovetta Conto, a Liberian teenager who makes jewelry from the spent bullets of her country’s civil war.
My eclectic interests have been somewhat inspired by my nomadic existence: Born in New York, I grew up in Kenya and the Caribbean and have lived in several cities worldwide. I have also reported from Kenya, Liberia, Ethiopia, India, Tajikistan, Senegal and other countries.
I am an adjunct professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and taught introductory journalism courses at New York University for two years. I have spoken and taught workshops at universities, high schools and middle schools nationwide and also recently ran a week-long humanitarian reporting workshop in Zimbabwe, through the U.S. Department of State’s Speaker Program.
I am available for journalism assignments, workshops and speaking engagements worldwide.