These are some of my favorite stories that I’ve reported, edited, and produced:
Special Issue: Gender—National Geographic Magazine, January 2017
Finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting
I was on the story teams for each feature story in the gender issue of the magazine, refining and repitching stories until each piece complemented each other and created a cohesive package, and I project managed the digital presentation of all digital content for the issue (the focus of each piece, what was included from print, what content was digital-only, which pieces received special interactive treatment and how that process would go, how it was presented, when the digital version went live, troubleshooting along the way, and much more).
This Man Has Lived Off the Grid For 20 Years—Here’s How, August 2018
“We want to be that average American icon that says, ‘You can do this.’” I reported this story from Nat Geo Explorer T.H. Culhane’s RV home in Florida.
Amid a Civil War, These Syrians Keep Dancing, June 2018
The group calling themselves ‘Dare’ says they are using dance as an agent of change in a nation beset by conflict.
This Tea Master Is Preserving an Ancient Art for Future Generations, April 2018
The sensei from Japan began learning how to host the ceremonies when she was just six years old. I interviewed her at Nat Geo’s headquarters, and she taught me how to make matcha the traditional way.
Wildlife is Thriving on This Eerie Polar Volcano, March 2018
See 100 years’ worth of expeditions to Antarctica’s mysterious Deception Island, teeming with life despite its bleak reputation.
4 Key Impacts of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines, January 25, 2017
How the controversial projects restarted by Trump’s executive order may affect animals, climate, and people
The U.S.’s Low Standards for Teacher Training, March 21, 2013
Country-by-country training requirements for high school teachers.
The Handful of Countries Without a Minimum Wage, February 21, 2013
An interactive map showing minimum wage laws around the world.
Virginia Ali: The ‘heart and soul’ of Ben’s Chili Bowl, December 4, 2012
The D.C. institution’s past is closely woven into the life of Virginia Ali, Ben’s wife, who still helps run the restaurant with her children.
IEDs in Afghanistan: A Marine’s story, November 11, 2012
Robert Snyder, a Marine deployed in Afghanistan from March to August 2010, was stationed in the Helmand province, a hotbed for Taliban activity because of the organization’s ties to ethnic groups in the region. This is Snyder’s story of a young Afghan boy who died in front of him from injuries caused by an IED.