Selected work. Bylines in the East Bay Express, Broadly, Eastern Daily Press, Atlas Magazine and Oakland North.
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Bright Sparks

While the department takes heat, a new generation of Oakland firefighters comes of age.

Published in the East Bay Express
August 16, 2017

This story has been nominated as a finalist for the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award, Region 11 (Features) 2017.

  Illustration by  Cathryn Virginia

Illustration by Cathryn Virginia

Living with Endometriosis, an Agonizing Disease with No Known Cause or Cure

For most of her life, Chloe has struggled with debilitating periods. When she was 25, she finally went to the hospital. It took four years to diagnose her. Why won't doctors take menstrual pain seriously?

Published on Broadly
July 27, 2017

This story was included as one of Broadly's Favorite Stories of 2017.

Photographs for a New Age of Resistance

Activism is at the heart of this Dorothea Lange retrospective at the Oakland Museum of California.

Published in the East Bay Express
June 21, 2017

The classroom, the ballot and the big bad wall — Oakland’s children tackle the Trump effect

One afternoon in the middle of summer, Beatriz Valencia’s son Jonathan came home with a question. The 7-year-old wanted to know if his mom knew that Donald Trump was running for president.

Originally published on Oakland North 
December 9, 2016

This story was awarded the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award, Region 11 First-Place (Features), and National Third-Place (Features) in 2016.

BOSS graduates celebrate changing their own lives

Stay the course. That was the message given to those sitting in the front row of Oakland’s city council chambers Friday night, when friends and supporters gathered to watch 29 men and women graduate from the BOSS Career Training and Employment Center, in a ceremony that acknowledged the significant hurdles they had overcome to gain employment while under the supervision of the Alameda County Probation Department.

Published on Oakland North
September 28, 2016

Riding through Oakland on BART

The janitor sings when no one’s around.

Published on Oakland North
December 1, 2016

OUSD's new initiative addresses the concerns of women of color

Nzingha Dugas was, she says, the kind of girl who always loved school. For children, the result of growing up in classrooms which are safe, fun and nurturing can be seen in later success: a college education, and a distinguished career. But this experience, Dugas knows, is not the norm for the young girls of color she is working to help in Oakland.

Published on Oakland North
October 14, 2016

On the front lines of flu season

The room behind the screen is surprisingly calm. Three nurses are preparing surgical gloves, stacking cotton wool and organizing paperwork on fold-out tables. A collection of music stands have been pushed to the side of the stage to make room for this impromptu clinic. On the other side of the screen, a cluster of Cleveland Elementary second-graders clutching green forms wait nervously in the school dining hall. Kate Holbrook, equipped with a google-eyed stress ball and a broad smile, waves in her first patient.

Published on Oakland North
October 24, 2016

Norwich volunteers' African adventure changes lives in Norfolk and Malawi

Volunteers with the Norwich-Dedza Partnership have returned from the African nation of Malawi after a trip which continued the work of a life-changing, decade-long partnership.

Published in the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News. Read here.
June 22, 2016

Casting Light in the Hard Place: Gathered Leaves by Alec Soth

"To me, the most beautiful thing is vulnerability."

Published online at Atlas Magazine
April 15, 2016

Fire and Earth: Ceramicist Daisy Cooper

Her work has been featured in the Sunday Times and stocked by exclusive galleries and retailers across the UK. But for Daisy Cooper, success began with an evening class in London's East End.

Published in Atlas Magazine. Read here.
April 28, 2016

Just Beyond the Horizon: the World at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone! all the popular travel blogs insisted. And it was in that spirit that I found myself, one night, hitchhiking on the back of a Toyota pick-up, in a storm, through the Tanzanian savannah.

Published in Atlas Magazine. Read here.
June 1, 2016