I am a freelance journalist and cartographer based in Chinatown, Manhattan. My work has been featured in places like The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic's CityLab, The Pulitzer Center, and more.
I was raised in a coastal California town called Encinitas. I went to Yale University and...
The Education of a Red-State Gun-Reform Activist "We are going to be playing defense all the time." It’s around 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday in April, and the Missouri Moms are getting antsy. They’re in Jefferson City to testify against a pair of bills that would further eliminate state gun restrictions. They were scheduled to speak nearly two hours ago, but lawmakers are still discussing the state budget.
COLUMBIA — They’re tucked away in a closet, on the left side of a shelf.Medals are there in a plastic bag that’s old, open and untouched. The medals come in two kinds — those athletes earn for participation and others they receive for excellence. The medals' owner doesn’t want to hang them.But what he does keep out in the open, on the top of his dresser, is something simpler — a letter from a woman he’s never met, a printed email.
COLUMBIA — Nerves wracked Sophie Cunningham as she stepped in front of the judges.Typically, Sophie will only sing for friends and family if they turn their backs to her, put on sunglasses and switch the lights off. But here she was in Kansas City one morning last summer. Trying out for American Idol.Her performance of Sara Evans' "These Are the Moments" wasn’t bad, the judges said, but she didn’t choose the right song. She didn’t move on in the competition. It was over.