I am Senior Digital Editor for Mother Jones.

My beats: the environment, social and criminal justice, and the media, with a special focus on breaking news operations for our bureau in New York City (my second home). I also write a lot about China (my third home), and Australia (my first home). I specialize in solo "everything in a backpack" guerrilla videography: shooting, editing, post-producing. I think web video should be trusted, brilliant and beautiful.



My first book, Beijing Blur (Penguin 2008), is an intimate yet far-reaching account of modernizing China’s underground youth scene, in which I immersed myself for a year pre-Beijing Olympics. The book was published in Australia and New Zealand by Penguin, followed by US and UK. The Canberra Times called the book "intimate, evocative and erudite writing, shimmering with honesty." Sweet.

After completing a masters in journalism at New York University in 2007, I returned to Australia where I worked as the executive producer of triple j's award-winning national affairs program Hack. During my time at Hack, we won a Walkley—Australia’s equivalent of a Peabody—for our reporter's coverage of youth crime and recidivism.  Since then, I have produced a variety of Australian television and radio programs, including the leading debate show Insight on SBS TV and a documentary series for ABC TV, Two On The Great Divide. I've been to Kyrgyzstan to cover ethnic cleansing and elections, trekked through the crumbling reaches of China's far Western province of Xinjiang, covered strip bars in Williston North Dakota's fracking boom, and I also invited myself to Thanksgiving dinner after wrongly receiving invites for years from the mysterious Tran family, from Somewhere USA.

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