Have pen, will travel
For more than 20 years, I have chronicled life abroad and on the road. I am the proud daughter of immigrants, a native Californian, a former Peace Corps volunteer, and I have spent two decades as an overseas correspondent.
From 2000 until 2014, I was based in Berlin, Germany, and took advantage of that to explore the Continent, Russia and Mideast. I then spent five years traveling and writing about the rural American West. My work appears in the travel sections of The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications, as well as in the 2018 anthology NYT Explorer: Road, Rail & Trail. I am now based in Cologne, Germany.
My writing frequently explores rural travel, landscapes and issues. In 2018, I reported on persistent poverty as a Marguerite Casey Foundation Equal Voices Journalism Fellow. In 2016, I was a fellow at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Journalism, for which I wrote on rural healthcare in California. In 2015, I was a media fellow at Stanford University's Bill Lane Center for the American West, for which I researched and wrote about women farmers and ranchers. From 2014 until 2019, I was the staff writer at the nonprofit Rural Community Assistance Corporation in California, reporting on rural poverty and economies, the environment, and Tribal issues across the 13 states of the American West, including Alaska and Hawaii.