Hello! I am a senior producer at Economist Radio, which makes podcasts at the newspaper.
Before that, I was freelancing. For awhile, I was in Mexico, where I was learning Spanish, and Guatemala, where I participated in an IWMF fellowship and made some radio for NPR. In May, I covered the abortion referendum in Ireland.
Before that, I lived in the Middle East for nearly a decade. Most recently, I was an international correspondent with NPR in Beirut, Lebanon, and I covered Iraq and Syria and other places, too. In this picture I was in Algeria in 2012. I still wear that dress but I have alas lost the scarf.
I’ve been published in the Economist, the Washington Post, The National (UAE) and many others. I was a Stern Fellow in 2011 and shortlisted for a Livingston Award in 2017 for my work on Syria.
Here is some of my work with NPR. I like it best when you listen to the audio:
This one’s about what it’s like being a pop star in Iraq. HellyLuv has some big fans and some big, bad haters. This is about some hero monks I met in the same town.
In this one I met a bunch of the Iraqi security forces who ran away from Mosul and let ISIS take it, and ask them why they did that. If you think it’s interesting, you might also like this one which asks Iraqi military guys whether their security forces are ever going to work.
This is kind of an exciting one about the day after pro-government forces took the town of Tikrit back from ISIS – mostly. And this one’s about what it was like for American soldiers to come back to Iraq after they pulled out.
This is a sad one about the bombardment of Gaza and how it hit some historic mosques, which were also the heart of communities.
This is a funny one about how hipsters with beards in Beirut sometimes get mistaken for jihadis.
This is another funny one about a reality TV show in Lebanon that’s kind of like Keeping Up With The Kardashians, except more superficial.
And this one will break your heart into a million pieces.
And here's some work I did before I was with NPR:
I went to Iraq for the Washington Post in 2012 and wrote about how angry and alienated the Sunnis were.
And I chewed qat in Yemen and told the Economist how the industry works.
I went to Algeria – I love Algeria – for The National, and wrote about the Kasbah where the Battle of Algiers was fought, and then later about an Algerian orchestra. And when I was in Timbuktu after it was taken back from al Qaeda by French and Malian forces, I wrote about how the people resisted the jihadis.
Thanks to my good buddy and wonderful photojournalist Lindsay Mackenzie for the photo.