I'm a magazine journalist who lives in Seattle. Most of the time I focus on in-depth reported narratives about tough issues, but I'm generally fascinated by the unexpected workings of our crazy world. I like a good story.
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.
I'm a visiting scholar at NYU and a contributing writer to The California Sunday Magazine (look for it with the LA Times, Sacramento Bee, and San Francisco Chronicle, or here). I've also written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Pacific Standard, Smithsonian, Audubon, MATTER, Seattle Met Magazine, NationalGeographic.com. RollingStone.com, and many others.
I was a 2015 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow; my work has also been supported by the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism and the Northwest Science Writers Association, and honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the City and Regional Magazine Association. My story "The Deepest Dig" was included in The 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).
I grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee.