I’m currently on my second stint as a freelance foreign correspondent.
From 2009 to 2011, I lived in Central Java, Indonesia, writing about volcanoes, President Obama and skin whitening.
I’m currently living in Montevideo, Uruguay. Since there’s not much going on here, I travel frequently to Brazil to work on stories.
Here are a few examples of my work.
I spent a little over two months covering this deadly event, which killed more than 500 people a few miles from my home in Yogyakarta. The weeks of fear, sleep deprivation and stress only added to my zeal and I think I produced some of my best work in this period.
Hard News: “Indonesia’s volcano threatens city”
The New York Times:
Production work for PBS:
A devastating drought in northeastern Brazil killed millions of cows, sheep and goats and destroyed tens of millions of tons of crops throughout 2012 and 2013. A 10-day road-trip though the region revealed the true human cost of the historic drought.
Understand the Crisis: “The biggest disaster you’ve probably never heard of”
How Farmers are Coping with Record Drought: “Feeding cactus to dying cows (VIDEO)”
How the Government is Keeping Folks Alive: “How Brazil keeps people alive while crops and livestock die (VIDEO)”
What’s In Store?: “Brazil’s bad weather riddle: Years ending in 2, years ending in 4”
Following historic riots in Brazil in summer 2013, I set out to understand the underpinnings of the unrest. Economics turned out to be the primary factor pushing people out onto the streets, so in a reporting mission to Sao Paulo, I drilled deep into how Brazil’s economic woes are impacting everyday Brazilians.
How Debt Has Weighed Down the Population: “The shame of a ‘dirty name’ in credit-crazy Brazil”
Skyrocketing Living Costs Drive Up Resentment: “Brazil’s almost paradise: Here’s why they ask for more”
Youth Anger Driven by Economic Helplessness: “Teenage Rebellion, On a Brazilian Budget.”