Selected Work

Here’s a sampling of my work between 2014 and 2023.


169 Square Feet in Las Vegas The Paris Review Daily (March 2023)

Highway Star n+1 (March 2023)

The Rainmakers of the American Southwest London Review of Books (February 2023)

Refuge on Fire Nevada Public Radio’s Desert Companion (February 2023)

An Expedition Through Kim Stringfellow’s Mojave High Country News (December 2022)

The Desert Changed My Life. It Can Change Yours Too The New York Times Magazine (November 2022)

Lost Cause: How police violence disappears from death certificates Harper’s (May 2022)

The Afterlife of a Las Vegas Spectacular The New Yorker (February 2022)

What if There’s No Such Thing as Closure? The New York Times Magazine (December 2021) — listed as “Notable” in 2022 Best American Essays anthology

The Long Trip Home The New Yorker (April 2021)

On the Road Guernica (November 2020)

Water or Sky? Hazlitt (July 2020) — included in the 2021 edition of The Best American Travel Writing anthology

Cuarentena Virginia Quarterly Review (April 2020)

Making Wine with a Woman The Feiring Line contest winner (August 2019)

Rapper on the Run Narratively (May 2019)

Horizontal World Harper’s (July 2019)

For lonely men in Spanish towns, the ‘caravan of women’ brings hope of love Los Angeles Times (A1, May 15 2019)

Finding peace and harmony at the ‘End of the Earth’ Los Angeles Times, (A1, Jan. 2020)

A Spanish grandmother’s advice on coronavirus: ‘When death comes, it comes’ Los Angeles Times (March 2020)

This is just how it happened, Point.51 (Fall 2020)

Living to work, Point.51 (Fall 2020)

News, features, etc.

Los Angeles Times

As ‘Brexit’ Looms, Spain aims to take greater control over Gibraltar (A1, Nov. 2018)

Spain is still divided over the legacy over its former dictator. But will exhuming his body help the country heal? (A1, Oct. 2018)

After losing everything, they spent 13 months in a trailer. Now, they’ve returned to a charred ghost town (A1 centerpiece, Aug. 2017)

A wet winter makes some California hikes more treacherous than usual (A1 centerpiece, Aug. 2017)

After the drought, the ‘Killer Kern’ river is a different beast (A1 centerpiece, July 2017)

Separatist Catalans on the lam from Spain establish ‘government in exile’ ( March 2019)

Politico Europe

Andorra’s abortion rights revolution (Oct. 2019)

The Sunday Longread

Nothing is normal when your husband is exiled (Jan. 2019)

Guernica Magazine

Among Catalan Winemakers, Separatism Uncorked (June 2018)

The Lily News

In a country where soccer is king, few women can make a living from their sport (April 2019)

Other work

District asks: What will make students stay in Pasadena’s public schools? (Los Angeles Times, B1 front, July 2017)

Scenes of ‘zombie apocalypse’ left in the path of California wildfires (Los Angeles Times, B1 centerpiece, July 2017)

Breaking news:

Orange County rapper’s body discovered as Kern River’s grim toll climbs (B1 lead, July 2017)

Special correspondent in Spain

A test of wills in Catalonia as Spain tightens grip on restive region

Amid uncertainty in Catalonia, another worry: The fate of its beloved soccer team

Catalonia’s push for independence roils larger — and poorer — regions of Spain 

Voters in Spain’s Catalonia are set to elect a new parliament, but secession issue remains divisive 

New Catalan leader sworn in, vows to continue efforts to secede from Spain 

With independence a far-fetched dream, Basque Country activists downsize their ambitions 

Boston Globe


Nicole Avila, as told to Meg Bernhard: ‘I voted for Biden because I want life to get a little less crazy’ (November 2020)

The state’s newest political party is already at risk of fading away (B1, Aug. 2016)

In 2016 race, women experts still cited less often than men (Aug. 2016, pitched)

Jill Stein sees opportunity with Sanders supporters (B1, July 2016)

Deadline news:

Mass. will have early voting for the first time this year. But are we ready? ( A1, Aug. 2016)

Inside the fund-raiser for top VP prospect Tim Kaine (July 2016)

LePage-Trump ‘bromance’ blooms in Bangor (June 2016)

Chronicle of Higher Education

(online behind paywall, please check these pdfs)

A Clinician, a Blogger, and Now a Thorn in Coca Cola’s Side (Aug. 2015)

2 States Step Up Colleges’ Efforts to Reduce Unplanned Pregnancies (Aug. 2015, pitched)

TV’s Next Big Star: a Female MacGyver (July 2015, pitched)


My Hometown: Temecula Popula. (Nov. 2018)

“I will never do this again” she said, hours before the party even started Popula ( Feb. 2019)

The Harvard Crimson 

Magazine cover stories

Lessig 2016 (Sept. 2015)

Seeing Red: Stanford v. Harvard (Oct. 2014)

Audiovisual feature:

What’s in a Name? (May 2016; I created and directed this project as editor of The Crimson, and contributed writing and reporting)

Data Features: 

Harvard’s Class of 2017, By the Numbers (May 2017; Directed and edited this project; contributed two data features)

Harvard Faculty Donate to Democrats by Wide Margin (May 2016)