As West Coast Bureau Chief for The Atlantic’s CityLab, I help advance national conversation on the politics and policies that shape cities. With an eye on housing, transportation, and urban technology, I score scoops, report investigations and features, and write criticism.
My writing and reporting have also appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Los Angeles, Mother Jones, Pacific Standard, GOOD, Los Angeles Review of Books, Sierra, and many other publications, including a museum monograph and a forthcoming edition of SOM's Thinkers book series. Sign up for MapLab, my biweekly newsletter about how maps illuminate the world around us.
I'm represented by Sarah Levitt of Aevitas Creative.
I was raised in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley. Before becoming a journalist, I was an educator at the Natural History Museum of L.A. County. Helping create a new exhibit about urban wildlife is what got me interested in cities.
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