Have pen, will travel
For more than 20 years, I have chronicled life abroad and on the road. I am the daughter of immigrants, a native Californian, a former Peace Corps volunteer, and I spent two decades living overseas.
From 2000 until 2014, I was based in Berlin, Germany, and took advantage of that to explore the Continent, Russia and Mideast. My work appears in The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications, as well as in the newly released book NYT Explorer: Road, Rail & Trail.
My writing frequently explores rural travel, landscapes and issues. In 2018, I am traveling the American West reporting on persistent poverty as a Marguerite Casey Foundation Equal Voices Journalism Fellow. In 2016, I was a fellow at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Journalism, for which I wrote on rural healthcare in California. In 2015, I was a media fellow at Stanford University's Bill Lane Center for the American West, for which I researched and wrote about women farmers and ranchers. I am the staff writer at the nonprofit Rural Community Assistance Corporation, where I cover rural poverty and economies, the environment, and tribal issues across the 13 states of the American West, including Alaska and Hawaii.