Now, I'm an independent journalist living in small-town east Texas, working on stories and personal essays for national magazines, podcasts, and journals.
I'm interested in everything. I've published print and audio features at NPR, MoJo and elsewhere on how computers think, Starbucks names, the Craigslist for guns, Silicon Valley's brogrammers, Indian accents, fringe religions, 9,000-year old bones, how not to train your dog, and lots more. I've talked about my stories on national and local radio programs, including NPR's All Things Considered, and in front of big audiences.
At NPR, I led the development of a new podcast about race and identity for NPR's Code Switch team; you can read more about the launch here. I also edited hotly discussed essays on identity and changing demographics by Gene Demby, Kat Chow, Roxane Gay, Jeff Yang, and other leading writers, and was a finalist in the 2016 awards from the National Association of Black Journalists.
As a senior editor at Mother Jones, I created a fierce team of award-winning, data-obsessed reporters and developers. Our ethos was "storytelling by any means necessary." We built a popular open-source storytelling toolkit, visualized the first-ever database of American mass shootings, and trained our entire newsroom in telling stories in new ways on the web.
Called "one of the smartest people on Twitter" by Fast Company, I've spoken at leading web and media conferences (Newsfoo, Online News Association, National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting, Spark Camp, MediaRise) on diversity and inclusion, journalism in the digital age, gender in the workplace, and other issues I care about deeply.
I travel a lot. Home base is Tyler, Texas where I live with my husband and stepson. There's really good barbecue here, sweet tea and green fields, and a whole lot of quiet. You'll also regularly find me in D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and the Bay Area.