I’m a journalist currently based at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University in New York City, where I’m working on a master’s in narrative nonfiction. My body of work centers on social issues reporting — stories on race, gender, human trafficking, guns, the criminal justice system and urban development. I’ve also done significant reporting on the Indian subcontinent.
Most recently, I was a staff writer at U.S. News and World Report, where I wrote on politics and social issues in the 2012 presidential campaign and Obama administration. I also edited the eight-decade-old political column, Washington Whispers.
For two years prior to that in Washington, I was a foreign and breaking news blogger for the Washington Post, where I spent much of my time covering protests — from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street. On that beat, I embedded with a group of Occupiers marching from New York to D.C. and also unmasked the Gay Girl in Damascus. For the Post’s Metro desk, I authored a three-part series on D.C.’s emerging neighborhoods.
I got my start at Forbes India magazine, where I did investigative reports on the Gates Foundation’s AIDS program and the collapse of what was then the world’s largest art fund. My coverage of the Gates Foundation was nominated for the Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize and the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award.
My work has also appeared in New York Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post and the University of Chicago magazine.
I have a B.A. from Boston College, where I published an honors thesis and received the university’s Cardinal Cushing Award for best creative fiction in a publication before graduating magna cum laude.
I also recently graduated from the Documentary Institute at George Washington University, where I made the short film “Leaving Sharpe,” about D.C.’s decision to close a public school for kids with special needs.