I am a writer based in Los Angeles, where I've learned to appreciate the occasional cloud and mastered the art of bellyflopping off a surfboard without breaking any bones. Yet.
I recently left The Economist, where I worked for six years, to focus on narrative journalism. Examples of my narrative work include a feature about professional bass fishing for The New York Times, a profile of two rock climbers whose deaths hold lessons about how to live for Outside Magazine, a probe of equine cloning for Vanity Fair, a piece on inmates who train wild horses for 1843, and a portrait of an eccentric perfumer for California Sunday Magazine.
Of the hundreds of pieces I wrote during my time at The Economist, covering the American West for two years and Argentina for four, I am proudest of my cover story on autism and briefing on the global opioid crisis. My reporting also took me to shale oil fields, sprawling illegal marketplaces, and inside a Santa Monica cryotherapy machine. (Regarding the sorry picture in that last piece, there's a moral to the story: establish ground rules before sending your editor embarrassing reporting photos.)
Earlier in my career I contributed to Vanity Fair's blog and worked as a fact checker for Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steve Coll on Private Empire, his book about Exxon Mobil.
I received my bachelors degree from Yale, where I majored in History, minored in New Haven pizza consumption, and completed the university’s Journalism Initiative. I speak fluent Spanish and can shoot photos to accompany my writing.