Digital editor @NPR. WSJ Work in Progress columnist. Former Time correspondent in Pakistan and Afghanistan and National Geographic magazine writer. Xenophile.

Interview

What was your first job as a journalist?

I was an apprentice at an Ohio suburban newspaper chain during the summer between 9th and 10th grades.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Of course! Love typewriters. I'm the proud owner of a Hermes Baby manual typewriter that belonged to my beloved grandmother in the early 70s.