About Me

I am a 32-year-old freelance reporter based in San Diego. My features, on a wide range of subjects, have been published in The New Yorker, the New York TimesNational GeographicScientific American, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist and elsewhere. I am a regular contributor to The Wire China, an award-winning China-focused investigative business magazine. Previously, I was a reporter for the Phnom Penh Post newspaper in Cambodia. I have traveled extensively throughout Asia, where I was born, in Hong Kong. I was raised in Massachusetts.

I have been awarded several reporting grants and fellowships, including from the Food and Environment Reporting Network, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Kauai. In 2019, I represented America in an international cohort of journalists at Falling Walls, a global innovation and science conference in Berlin. Recently, I was a 2021 Alicia Patterson Fellow.

I have a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Chinese Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder. I also write fiction, play guitar, garden and am an avid freediver. Here is an interview with me on my writing process.