In my role as Communications Manager for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska, a key facet of my job is interviewing families battling serious illnesses and telling the story of their illness, diagnosis, and treatment. I produce every aspect of family stories for RMHC, including taking and editing photographs. Here are links to a few examples:
- "The Race to Save Cuba's Coral Reefs" – Published at Pacific Standard (print and online). This story profiles the scientists who are frantically trying to study Cuba's coral reefs before they succumb to bleaching and climate change.
- "A Frozen Sadness: Tule Lake and the History of the American Concentration Camp" – A longform piece about the history and current state of the Tulelake Segregation Center, the largest and most troubled of the camps where Japanese-Americans were held during World War II. Published at Compass Cultura, an online magazine for longform travel journalism.
- "A Walk Around Villa Vizcaya" – A photoessay published on Medium about a weathered manor on the Florida coast.
- "Monkeys in the Falling Snow" – A photoessay published in Atlas Obscura.
In 2016, I guest-edited a story package for Pacific Standard on Conservation in the Age of Climate Change.
My role included finding contributors from across the globe (including Indonesia, New Zealand, Colombia, and China); soliciting and approving pitches for the project; editing the stories in conjunction with the editor-in-chief of Pacific Standard; and finalizing all stories for publication.
The finished package included seven features, four in-depth interviews, and two photoessays. The stories covered topics such as:
- How drones are changing coastal climate data gathering
- The Yukon River's disappearing Chinook salmon
- The work of the Madagasikara Voakajy, an environmental nonprofit in Madagascar
- Medellin's massive Green Belt park
The full package was published in April and May of 2016. Click here to read all the stories.
From 2010 to 2012, I was a Science and Health Reporter at KBIA 91.3 in Columbia, Missouri. While there, I produced a weekly news show focused on the energy and the environment called Under the Microscope. A few of my favorite pieces I reported while at KBIA are:
"White Nose Syndrome in Missouri" – This piece examined the unnerving rise of white-nose syndrome, a disease that decimated bat populations across the Eastern half of the United States.
"Missouri's Meth Addiction" – This piece examined the peculiarities of Missouri's meth problems, and how they differ from the problems faced in the rest of the United States
"Ha Ha Tonka Live at KBIA" – This is an interview I conducted with the band Ha Ha Tonka at KBIA in 2011.
While studying in Cuba in 2008, I wrote a travelogue published as "Notes from a Small Island: Travels in Cuba".
I've also been blogging since 2007. A few of my favorite posts include:
- Six Great Podcast Episodes
- The Perils of Success
- A Meditation on Movie Trailers
- How to Think About Apple and Google
- If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry: The Story of Marah
I've also worked as a staff music reviewer for PopMatters. Here's a link to all the reviews I wrote for them.