I write about health and the environment.

But I got my start writing about everything.

As an undergraduate reporter at Princeton, I covered controversial social media, corrupt nursing homes, and clashing Talmud scholars. I took a work-study job in the humanities office just to get closer to journalism professors. It paid off: I was the first-ever Student Representative for the Journalism Program, and I twice-won Princeton's Ferris Prize for Exceptional Reporting – nominated by John McPhee, Laura Secor, and Amy Ellis Nutt.

Now I'm pursing a Master's at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, to graduate 2021. This year, I was one of five recipients nationwide of the Taylor Blakeslee Fellowship from the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. I was also the sole recipient of the National Press Club's Feldman Fellowship. Here at Berkeley, I produce the Greater Good Science Center's Science of Happiness Podcast. I'm also leading a group of graduate researchers at the Investigative Reporting Program on an investigation of elder homelessness.

I've written news for Richmond Confidential and features for Earth Island Journal, Berkeleyside, the Berkeley Science Review, Bay Nature Magazine, the California Planning & Development Report, and more. My audio work has appeared on KALW Crosscurrents.

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