essays on race and identity at NPR's Code switch

As a senior editor at NPR's Code Switch, I collaborated closely with leading writers and thinkers on dozens of essays about race and identity. Navigating this space requires tremendous empathy, deep domain knowledge, and careful analysis, and it was my honor to contribute to these pieces. Here are a few favorites.

How Black Reporters Report on Black Death, Gene Demby

When The 'Heritage' In 'Heritage Not Hate' Is More Skynyrd Than Stonewall Jackson, Gene Demby

How Shows Like 'Will & Grace' And 'Black-ish' Can Change Your Brain, Maanvi Singh

Dispatch From Charleston: The Cost Of White Comfort, Chenjerai Kumanyika

My 'Oriental' Father: On The Words We Use To Describe Ourselves, Kat Chow

Learning — And Unlearning — To Be An 'Ambassador' For Islam, Beenish Ahmed

All Mixed Up: What Do We Call People Of Multiple Backgrounds?, Leah Donnella

Hey, Sci-Fi And Comics Fans: It's Time To Embrace The Dark Side, Jeff Yang


interactive storytelling at Mother Jones

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. 

Here's a sampling of interactive quizzes, maps, charts, "Choose Your Own Adventure" explainers, and other stories my team produced, often in collaboration with colleagues across the newsroom.

A Guide to Mass Shootings in America

How "Stand Your Ground" Spread

An Interactive Map of the Dark Money Universe

Calculator: How Expensive Is Your Birth Control?

Think You Can Beat the Immigration Maze?

Want to Ditch Citizens United? A DIY Guide