I'm a journalist living and reporting in small-town east Texas and a former senior editor at NPR and Mother Jones. I write and report for national outlets including The New Yorker online, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, and NPR on a wide-ranging (some would say whiplash-inducing) range of subjects.
I also co-founded and run The Tyler Loop, a "small batch" digital magazine for the beautiful, complicated, evolving city of Tyler, Texas. We produce deeply reported features on history, demographics, and change in a stretch of Texas where fascinating, important stories too often go untold and where dusty old stereotypes hang on for too long. Here's a nice writeup of the site from Harvard's NiemanLab.
As a national magazine writer, I'm interested in everything. I've gone deep on a fight over Confederate names, how employers can stop gendered interruptions, how remote work can save the world, 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 reporting on national and local radio programs, including NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition, and on panels at SXSW, Google, and more.
At NPR, I reported and edited stories about race, identity, and culture as a senior editor of the Code Switch team. I also led the development and launch of the popular Code Switch podcast. On one of my favorite episodes, I talked about a funny pet peeve — people mispronouncing my name — with a couple of my favorite comics. On another episode, I dissect the enduring American fascination with the Indian accent with two great Mumbai comics. You can read a bit more about my work at NPR over at Poynter.
Earlier in my journalism career, I specialized in data-driven and interactive journalism, leading a scrappy team of designers, coders, and reporters at Mother Jones. We built the first-ever database of mass shootings in America and a suite of open-source storytelling tools for newsrooms everywhere, among many other things.
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.
Home base is Tyler, Texas where I live with my husband, stepson, and an imperious little terrier named Mochi. There's really good barbecue here, brick lanes and dark green forest, and a whole lot of fantastic people. Get in touch!