About me

I’m a senior editor at Mother Jones, where I have worked since 2003. I’ve overseen and edited a wide range of print and online projects including in-depth features, cover stories, data packages, profiles, columns, interviews, reviews, and photo essays. Among the beats I’ve covered are criminal justice and prisons, income inequality, military spending, dark money, immigration, guns, and California politics. In 2016, I edited Shane Bauer’s 35,000-word account of his four months working as a private prison guard, which received a National Magazine Award and several other awards. I was also part of the team nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy for the multimedia package that accompanied the article.

I’m also a versatile writer and data journalist. My work often reflects my knack for obsessive research and creative execution, as well as my eye for unusual subjects. In 2014, I wrote an investigative feature that uncovered a forgotten murder case involving the then-general counsel of the National Rifle Association. In 2011, as part of an award-winning collaboration between Mother Jones and UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program, I analyzed data on more than 500 federal terrorism cases to help create visualizations and an online database. I also enjoy writing about historical topics, such as a children’s crusade against squirrels, Berkeley’s “garbage war,” and the CIA’s psychological profiles of dictators. I’ve picked up some awards for my solo projects and collaborations. You can find some of my favorite articles and data projects on this site.

My work has been published by the New York Times, Atlas Obscura, Salon, Frontline/World, California, the San Francisco Chronicle, the East Bay Express, Meatpaper, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. My radio stories have aired on KQED’s The California Report, Marketplace, Mother JonesBite podcast, and B-Side (an early proto-podcast). One of my photographs ended up on the cover of the National Enquirer. (It’s a weird glimpse at how actual fake news is made.)

I attended the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where I taught a section of J200: Reporting the News in fall 2017.

I’m a fifth-generation San Franciscan (go ahead, call it “Frisco”) living in self-imposed exile in the East Bay. In my free time, I read comics, stalk dead people, and amuse myself by making things like the quasi-annual Blue Angels survey, the Shakespeare Adaptation Bot, and the West Marin Sheriff’s Calls Bot. I occasionally tweet.

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