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.
In mid-2018 I left The Economist, where I worked for six years, to focus on narrative journalism. Examples of my narrative work include a feature on 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 feature on a tiny rocket company with big ambitions for MIT Technology Review, 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. These stories might seem disparate, but I’ve realized that—at their core—they’re all about people obsessively striving to better themselves and the world.
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.