I'm a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine and The California Sunday Magazine.
Most of the time I focus on reported narratives about difficult issues, but I'm generally fascinated by the unexpected workings of our crazy world. I like a good story. I live in Seattle, and I grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.
In 2016 I was the recipient of the Reporting Award from NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and a finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award in Journalism and the Livingston Award in International Reporting.
My work has also been honored by the American Association for Cancer Research, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the City and Regional Magazine Association, and supported by the Alicia Patterson Foundation, the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, and the Northwest Science Writers Association.
My story "The Deepest Dig" was included inThe Best American Science and Nature Writing (Houghton-Mifflin, 2015) and my ebook When We Are Called to Part, about the final days of a remote leprosy settlement in Hawai'i, was published by The Atavist and included in the anthology Love and Ruin (Norton, 2016).