Since beginning my journalistic career in 1993 as an intern at CNN’s Larry King Live, I have covered stories in over 40 countries and on six continents. I worked on staff for CNN (Washington, DC) and Newsweek (London) and am currently a London-based freelance writer covering arts, culture, development and education stories for publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. I have also had Acting Deputy Editor roles with both the Wall Street Journal Europe’s “Off Duty” section and the Financial Times’ fDi magazine.
Some of the major stories I have reported on over the years have included post-conflict society and politics in the Balkans, the barriers that girls face internationally to gain access to secondary education, the global luxury trade and the role of contemporary art on the global stage. My work has been published in the Financial Times, Times of London, Conde Nast Traveller, People, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Open Democracy, PRI’s The World, Salon, Scientific American, The Lily, Foreign Policy and Washington Post. I have done media consulting for UNICEF and J.K. Rowling’s Lumos Charity.
Over the years I have also contributed chapters to the Global Civil Society Yearbook 2010 and Fodor’s 2001 Europe Guidebook. I recently completed a non-fiction book “Ghetto Classics: How a Youth Orchestra Changed a Nairobi Slum” and in January 2017 I co-founded she-files.com, a webzine highlighting stories about women written by women.
Born and raised in Michigan, I have a BA from Albion College (Michigan), an MSc in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics and an MA in international journalism from London’s City University. I have also served as both president and vice-president of the Association of American Correspondents in London.
The above photo was taken on assignment in Kigali, Rwanda with a group of internally displaced women doing work in an arts-based collective.