Independent Journalist, Author

Various Outlets | 2021 - Current 

Member FFR, OPCA



Senior Editor and Correspondent | 2020-21


The New York Times

Senior News Assistant (New York) | 2017-20

News Assistant (New York) | 2014-16


The Juneau Empire

General Assignment Reporter (Alaska) | 2013

The Savannah Morning News

Intern, Stringer (Georgia) | 2010-13


TROUBLED: The Failed Promise of America’s Behavioral Treatment Programs (Little A, 2021)


BULLETPROOF VEST: An Object Lesson (Bloomsbury, 2020)


Kurk Schork Memorial Award

           Winner, International Freelancer (2022)

           Finalist, International Freelancer (2019)

Richard J. Margolis Award for Nonfiction Writing

Finalist (2021)

Baltic Writing Residency

Finalist, Creative Nonfiction (2021, 2022)

ASJA COVID-19 Writing Awards

Honorable Mention, Personal Essay (2020)


Livingston Award for Young Journalists

Finalist, International Reporting (2020)

Finalist, International Reporting (2018)

Khaled Alkhateb International Memorial Award

Winner, Written Press (2019)


Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award

Finalist (2019)

Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents

Finalist, Young Reporter (2019)

Winner, Written Press (2018)


AWC Clairon Award

Winner, Online Feature Article (2018)

Steven Sotloff Memorial 2Lives Foundation

Security Training Scholarship (2018)


Best American Essays

Notable Essay Citation (2021)

Notable Essay Citation (2017)

Deadliner Award

Breaking News, The New York Times (2015)

The Society of Silurians

Medallion Award, Breaking News Coverage (2015)




Nonfiction Artist, Fellow – Massachusetts Cultural Council (2022)

Nonfiction Resident Writer – Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2022)

Alicia Patterson Foundation Journalism Fellowship – Grantee (2021)


Executive-in-Residence – Geneva Centre for Security Policy (2021)


Journalist-in-Residence – The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (2020-21)


Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting – Grantee (Iraq 2017; Italy 2020)


Foreign & Security Policy Transatlantic Fellow – Heinrich Boll Foundation (2019)


Literary Journalist-in-Residence – Banff Centre, Canada (2019)


Calderwood Art of Nonfiction Grantee and Fellow – MacDowell (2019)


Senior Fellow – Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism (2018-19)


Robert Novak Journalism Fellow – The Fund for American Studies (2018-19)

John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Reporting Fellow – City University of New York (2018)

Berlin Capital Program Grantee – The Fulbright Program (2017)


Visiting Research Scholar – Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism (2017-18)


Logan Nonfiction Fellow – Carey Institute for Global Good (2017)



United States Institute for Peace, Media & Arts for Peace certificate (2021)

Columbia University, Creative Nonfiction (2015, 15+ credits toward M.F.A.)

Savannah College of Art and Design, B.F.A., Writing (2014)

New York University, Hyperlocal Summer Newsroom Academy (2012)



  • Report for America | Mentor

  • Coalition for Women in Journalism | Mentor

  • Catapult | Writing Program, eLearning

  • Skillshare / eLearning

  • Associate Lecturer | University of Massachusetts Boston

  • Writers in Progress Workshop | Florence, Massachusetts

  • College Media Advisers conferences | New York City, Atlanta

  • Fountain House College Re-Entry | New York City


  • Coalition for Women in Journalism

  • Overseas Press Club of America

  • Society for Professional Journalists

  • Investigative Reporters & Editors

  • Frontline Freelance Register