I’m a reporter and researcher at New York Magazine. I’m from Michigan, but my formative experience was covering crime and poverty for a Kentucky newspaper — an experience I chronicled in A Town Under Trial, a 15,000-word investigative feature about a double homicide and its aftermath. During my stint at the Kentucky paper I also wrote an MFA thesis on a local jail.
My favorite kinds of stories are about sociological forces that shape people’s lives (like this story on a Orthodox monk in Georgia, and this one on Manhattan’s Chinatown), but I also get a thrill from simple muckraking. My hero is Robert Caro.
This picture is me with my grandmother.