Since beginning my journalistic career in 1993 as an intern at CNN’s Larry King Live, I have covered stories in over 40 countries and on six continents. I worked on staff for CNN (Washington, DC) and Newsweek (London) and am currently a London-based freelance writer covering arts, culture and education stories for publications including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. I have also had Acting Deputy Editor roles with both the Wall Street Journal Europe’s “Off Duty” section and the Financial Times’ fDi magazine.

Some of the major stories I have reported on over the years have included post-conflict society and politics in the Balkans, the enlargement of the European Union, the global luxury trade and European social trends. My work has been published in the Financial Times, Times of London, Salon, People, Los Angeles Times, Global Post and Open Democracy and I have done media consulting for UNICEF and J.K. Rowling’s Lumos Charity.

Over the years I have also contributed chapters to the Global Civil Society Yearbook 2010 and Fodor’s 2001 Europe Guidebook.  Currently I am working on a non-fiction book, “Reprise From the Ghetto: How Classical Music Changed a Nairobi Slum” (working title), about a youth orchestra program in Kenya. In January I co-founded she-files.com, a webzine highlighting stories about women written by women.

Born and raised in Michigan, I have a BA from Albion College (Michigan), an MSc in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics and an MA in international journalism from London’s City University. I have also served as both president and vice-president of the Association of American Correspondents in London.

 

The above photo was taken on assignment in Kigali, Rwanda with a group of refugee women doing work in an arts-based collective