Since beginning my journalism career over 25 years ago at CNN, I have covered stories in over 45 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. 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 globally to gain access to secondary education, the global luxury trade and the role of contemporary art on the international stage. My work has been published in the New York Times, 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. (For an expanded list of subjects head here). I have also done media consulting for UNICEF and J.K. Rowling’s Lumos Charity.
I have completed a non-fiction book on Nairobi’s Ghetto Classics youth orchestra and in the midst of writing my second book, focused on cross-border surrogacy. 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.