Reporting from the Ecuadorian Amazon

"Reporting" from Ocean Beach

 

Photo by Marika Cleto

I’m a writer, freelance journalist, and hopeless daydreamer based in San Francisco.

 

I like telling richly descriptive, longform stories that open readers up to ideas and worlds we hardly, if ever, think about. I’ve covered an acoustic ecologist’s quest to preserve natural soundscapes by helping establish the world’s first wilderness quiet park in the Ecuadorian Amazon; the origins, development, and success of India’s national women’s ice hockey team; and the intersection of traditional masculinity and mass violence in my college town.

 

Before embracing the extremely lucrative and totally stable freelance life, I was an opinions editor, a columnist, a general-assignment reporter, and an editorial intern, covering everything from congressional elections to California’s drought to San Francisco police. My work has appeared in Vox, the San Francisco Chronicle, HuffPost, California Magazine, Medium, and more. In 2018, my ice hockey story won the Bernard Taper Memorial Award in Longform Journalism, and in 2019, I co-taught a college course at UC Berkeley on environmental journalism. Since I can’t seem to stay away from institutions of learning, I’m also an administrative officer at Cal’s Blum Center for Developing Economies.

 

On that note, I have a master's from — guess where — the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where I focused on narrative writing and dabbled in audio journalism. I earned my bachelor’s in geography from UC Santa Barbara, where I also studied professional writing.

 

As much as I love telling amazing true stories, I also like making them up, and I’m currently at work on my first novel. When not writing, reporting, or officiating administration, you can find me running through Golden Gate Park, petting neighborhood cats, pining for the beach, reading the news, rooting for UCSB and LA sports teams, drinking a latte, working on my Spanish, or putting a dent in my ever-growing queue of leisure reading.