I’m a print and radio journalist. My essays and articles appear in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The Nation, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. My radio pieces can be heard on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, The World, and Radio Ambulante, which I also help edit. I’ve taught radio and storytelling at UC Berkeley’s Journalism School, and private workshops on topics like sound, narrative, and freelancing.
After a Fulbright in Bolivia, I spent several years as a regular contributor to National Public Radio, traveling across Latin America to tell stories from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Honduras, Mexico, and Uruguay. With NPR, I learned everything from how to do logistics, to how to interview heads of state, to how to file in the middle of an earthquake. And I learned I’m most drawn to the little stories buried inside big headlines. If reporting on a mine disaster, for example, I’ll also tell stories about how trapped miners pass time living underground, the love letters sent to family members, or a trip to the beauty parlor before being reunited. I might also head into the desert with a photographer to tell an entirely different story about mining.
I grew up in rural Maine. I divide my time (and heart) between Maine and Latin America.