I'm passionate about telling stories on the border, U.S.-Mexico relations, the criminal justice system, the military justice system, and technology. I report in English y en español — because I believe the the best stories cross cultures and languages. You'll find my English work in The New York Times, Longreads, The Marshall Project, and Slate, and my Spanish work in Letras Libres, Nexos, Cultura Colectiva, and Cronkite Noticias.
After growing up in northern Arizona, I moved to Phoenix to study dual degrees in global studies and journalism at Arizona State University. During that time, I developed my fluency in Spanish from stints studying and working abroad in Mexico and Spain. I also spent several years as a volunteer teacher at the Arizona Department of Corrections. I graduated summa cum laude.
In 2019, Nick Kristof picked me as the winner of his Win-a-Trip contest through The New York Times. We traveled to Guatemala and Paraguay, where I reported on women's health, education, and development.
From September 2019 to March 2020, I lived in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico, where I taught English at the Universidad Autónoma del Carmen on a Fulbright grant. While there, I also spent time on a narrative storytelling project with women who work on offshore oil platforms, as well as on a manual for journalists covering migration in Mexico.
I currently serve as the coordinator for ASU's Convergence Lab, an ideas journalism and events series that considers the opportunities and challenges shared by Mexico and the U.S. I also work as an assistant editor for Future Tense, a partnership of ASU, Slate, and New America that explores the impact of technology on society.
I live in Mexico City and write a monthly column for Mexico Today by Reforma.