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I am a freelance investigative reporter, producer, and teacher based in New York City. Please visit the pages on the right to explore my work and resume.

From 2011 through 2015 I was a senior producer for the daily, independent news hour, Democracy Now!, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan González. In addition to line-producing the live program and editing the website, my work there included occasional on-air reports and web-exclusives. I continue to contribute to the show as a criminal justice correspondent.

As a 2010 Soros Justice Media Fellow I spent a year co-producing Deportation Nation, an online publication that examines the increase in immigration enforcement aimed at so-called “criminal aliens.” Visit the site to see my many Enforcement Desk posts, interactive timelines, in-depth reports, videos and multimedia collaborations with Stokely Baksh. The project also included freelance print and video stories for PBS Need to Know and The Nation, among others.

In January 2010 I wrote a cover story, “Cracked,” for The Texas Observer with support provided by the Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund. The accompanying video report was featured on Democracy Now. The story was a 2010 finalist in the Investigative Reporters and Editors “magazine and specialty publications” category. Ultimately, my report on how Texas allowed a psychologist use junk science to execute mentally retarded prisoners helped prompt an official reprimand that required him to never perform such evaluations again.

I am a 2008 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where as a fellow with honors at the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism I co-produced Business of Detention, an exposé of the outsourcing of immigrant detention. The project won several awards and was nominated for a Webby.

My background as a reporter includes four years as the news director for KPFT-FM in Houston, Texas, which was voted Best Radio News in 2004 by editors and readers of the Houston Press. In addition to producing daily coverage of city, state and regional news, I interviewed many men and women on Texas Death Row. In 2005, I helped coordinate Pacifica radio’s national coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

I have also reported for PBS, BBC, NPR, CBC, FSRN, Air America, Indymedia, The Indypendent, Columbia Journalism Review, The New Republic, The Texas Observer, NACLA: Report on the Americas, Mother Jones and the New York Times.

In addition to reporting, I am an adjunct lecturer in Broadcast Writing at CUNY-Brooklyn College. I’ve also taught investigative techniques, radio and multimedia production, and Reporting 101. I was a student adviser at the Colombia Graduate School of Journalism, and have have designed curriculums and previously taught at Seton Hall University, People’s Production House, Project Row Houses, the Allied Media Conference and with the Houston Indymedia Center. I also give multimedia trainings with my frequent reporting partner, Stokely Baksh.