About me

I’m an editor, writer, data journalist, and fifth-generation San Franciscan (go ahead, call it “Frisco”) living in self-imposed exile in the East Bay. My work reflects my knack for obsessive research and creative execution, as well as an eye for unusual subjects. Check out some of my favorite articles and data projects.

I’m currently a senior editor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where I oversee coverage of faculty research and edit Stanford Business magazine.

Previously, I was the deputy editor (magazine) of Mother Jones, where I worked in several editorial roles until 2021. Among the many pieces I edited was Shane Bauer’s National Magazine Award-winning account of his work as a private prison guard. I was also part of the team nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy for a multimedia package accompanying the article.

In 2021, I uncovered emails documenting shock jock Michael Savage’s Cover of Mother Jones magazinestint on the board of San Francisco’s Presidio. In 2014, I wrote an investigation into a forgotten murder case involving the National Rifle Association’s top lawyer. In 2011, as part of an award-winning collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program, I analyzed and helped visualize data on more than 500 federal terrorism cases.

I also enjoy writing about historical topics, such as California’s children’s crusade against squirrels, how Jefferson Davis’ desk became a monument, Berkeley’s “garbage war,” and the CIA’s psychological profiles of dictators.

My writing and reporting has been published by the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Atlas Obscura, Salon, Frontline/World, California, the East Bay Express, Photo of fake prison riot on cover of National Enquirer Meatpaper, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. My radio stories have aired on KQED’s The California Report, Marketplace, Bite, and the proto-podcast B-Side. Once, a photograph I took ended up on the cover of the National Enquirer. (How it got there is a glimpse at how real 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.

In my free time, I hike, read comics, pull weeds, bake a mean challah, stalk dead relatives, and amuse myself by making things like the quasi-annual Blue Angels survey, the bubble chart calculator, and the West Marin sheriff’s calls bot.

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