About Me

I am a 31-year-old American freelance reporter based in San Diego. My features on the environment, history, conflict and travel have been published in The New Yorker, the New York TimesNational GeographicScientific American, 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 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. Last year, 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 spearfish.