aboutPORTFOLIO for editors
Former journalist with more than 15 years of experience at domestic and international news organizations. I’ve lived in Asia, Europe and the Middle East and have traveled throughout these regions and in parts of Africa.
In Washington, I worked as the evening editor for Cox Newspapers’ national bureau from 2003-2008, filing foreign and domestic stories to 17 daily newspapers and the New York Times News Service. Previously, I worked as a line editor for the Washington bureau of the Associated Press and assisted with spot coverage of terrorism and defense issues.
Overseas, I worked as a freelance correspondent based in Japan, Israel and Indonesia. In Tokyo, I served as UPI’s correspondent for a year. After working briefly as a climate writer for USAID, I freelanced for several publications this summer. I’m now working for the Pew Charitable Trusts.


  • In Indonesia, first to map the destruction of rainforests and pollution of rivers with mercury and cyanide due to a sharp rise in gold mining. Included onsite coverage in Borneo and Sumatra. (AFP news wire and Mongabay.com, 2013)  Separate coverage of the illegal wildlife trade.
  • Uncovered North Korea’s extensive use of labor camps to control its population. (Far Eastern Economic Review, 1999)  First comprehensive coverage of North Korean refugees living in hiding in China (Dallas Morning News, 1998)
  • Investigated charges of prisoner abuse in Japan. (Dallas Morning News, 1998)

Middle East

  • Revealed the existence of Wounded Crossing Borders, a group of right-wing Palestinians and Israelis, including former militants and veterans, who were meeting in secret for more than three years in an effort to heal inner wounds and bridge their divide. (Esquire, Middle East, Sept. 2011)
  • Revealed the warehousing of millions of dollars worth of U.S. and other international aid to Gaza, often for years at a time. (Christian Science Monitor, 2010)


  • Exposed the Armed Services’ misdiagnosis of thousands of returning veterans suffering from PTSD with having a personality disorder, stripping them of benefits.  First national story to document an issue subsequently investigated by Congress. (2006)
  • Led an investigation on the U.S.-led reconstruction effort in Afghanistan. Working with our Jerusalem bureau chief, our reporting found that a lack of coordination and oversight among U.S. agencies and the use of shoddy materials have hampered U.S. efforts there. (2005)
  • Examined U.S.-funded democracy-building organizations in Iraq and how their impact shrank dramatically after they relocated from Baghdad to the safer Kurdish north. (2008)
  • Explored the effects of multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan on returning veterans. (2006)

Washington stories ran on the New York Times news wire