About Me

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I’m a journalist based in New York who writes about media and politics. I was most recently the managing editor of New York Focus, a nonprofit newsroom that covers state and local politics.

I attended Columbia University, where I studied cultural anthropology and managed Bwog, the school’s popular student-run news blog.

After graduation, I went to work at Politico New York as a media reporter. At Politico, I reported on everything from from the movement to unionize digital media workers to the legal drama surrounding Gawker Media.

I later joined Freedom of the Press Foundation, where I launched and then managed the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker — the first and only website to comprehensively document press freedom violations in the United States. I also produced a number of reported features for the Foundation, including a three-part history of the Espionage Act and an investigation into ICE’s detention of a Mexican journalist seeking asylum.

My reporting has appeared in New York magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, New York Observer, and Jacobin. I was featured in the Netflix documentary Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press and was named one of “30 Under 30” in Media by Forbes magazine in 2018.