I am Senior Digital Editor for Mother Jones.
- Election 2016 scoop: Trump's prestigious modeling agency hired foreign models without work visas, then kept them in a cramped basement.
- 6-part documentary series: undercover with reporter Shane Bauer, deep inside America's private prison industry.
- China's fracking revolution that's screwing its people.
- Solitary confinement in the notorious Pelican Bay prison.
- Animal Planet drugged and trapped animals on its top reality shows.
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.
Awards & recognition:
- 2013 National Magazine Award (Video).
Story: Mitt Romney's 47 Percent Remarks to a Private Fundraiser, by David Corn, Mother Jones, Sep. 17, 2012.
- 18th Annual Webby Awards (Nominee): 47 Percent video.
- 2015 Shorty Award: best "Green" social media presence for Climate Desk. I'd never heard of the Shorty's before, but it was a very fun event, and we beat Mark Ruffalo!
- Two 2014 Telly Awards (Internet/Online Video in both the News/News Feature and Political/Commentary categories).
Story: Letters to Newtown, Mother Jones, Feb. 7, 2013.
Role: Reporter, camera, editing
- 2013 Media for a Just Society Award
Story: Solitary in Iran Nearly Broke Me. Then I Went Inside America’s Prisons,” by Shane Bauer, Mother Jones, November/December 2012 Issue.
Role: Producer, camera, editing
- Animal Planet Canada announced that “Call of the Wildman” would be canceled in Canada, following Mother Jones reporting into the show that revealed drugging and neglect of animals. The original story was featured on Fusion’s Open Source, CNN’s New Day, and Al Jazeera America's Consider This. Federal officials launched an investigation, as did state and local officials in Kentucky and Texas.