City reporter and writer. Breaking news, longform, radio, digital, etc. Praised for speed, intelligence and dedication. I find stories no one else sees. I update my clips page apparently only every four years … sorry. Latest stories.
Since 2012, I’ve covered New Orleans education at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. Before that, I worked for WGBH News and the Boston Globe (news, arts, ideas, magazine, etc.). My work has also appeared in the New York Times, Boston Magazine, WBUR and the Online Journalism Award–winning wbur.org, Ploughshares, the Nashville Scene, No Depression, etc. I began freelancing in 2002 as an arts reporter and music critic. Read my résumé.
- Sean’s story: Expelled from school, a senior struggles to graduate.
- A 13-year-old mother, a murdered father and a scholarship to Yale.
- New Orleans’ charter school system ill-prepared for jump in Central American immigrants.
- 40 years after Saigon fell, Vietnamese at home in New Orleans.
- The fight for Dunbar Elementary: How one community worked to reopen its school — and lost.
- The turnaround artist: One principal, two enormous test score gains and many questions.
- Hunting, love and roadkill. (Ploughshares)
- People and planners differ over the future of Somerville. (Boston Globe)
- It’s not easy to start a city book festival. (Boston Globe)
- A city’s holiday lights grow dim. (WGBH-FM)
- Belt-sander racing is everything you’d hope it would be. (Boston Globe)
- In a Cambridge bar, the grass grows blue. (New York Times)