I've had a strangely busy first half of the year. Here's what I've been writing:
For NPR, I covered the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral from my perch in Paris. The web piece briefly led the entire NPR.org homepage. I also appeared on Morning Edition to discuss the piece with Steve Inskeep. You can listen below.
This spring I landed my first-ever magazine cover story. Michigan Alumnus let me profile Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto, who has been seeking asylum in the U.S. for ten years and recently completed a Knight-Wallace fellowship in Ann Arbor. The piece captured the attention of the National Press Club; Washington Post columnist and former Iran prisoner Jason Rezaian; and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, all of whom have advocated for Gutiérrez’s asylum.
I made my debut in Next Avenue, a site for Americans over the age of 50 put on by Twin Cities Public Television (TPT). I've published two pieces for them so far:
In March I wrapped up a 5-month contract assignment as a part-time editorial staffer with my old stomping grounds at Current. Some stories I covered for them:
I also continued my work as an NPR film critic. There are a few reviews during this period I’m especially proud of:
And more's to come. Next week I head to the Cannes Film Festival -- my first time in Cannes -- so look for coverage of that coming soon. I'll be there as a correspondent for Jewish Currents, and may appear in other publications, as well.
I will be back in the U.S. for the month of June, and am tentatively scheduled to deliver a talk on freelance writing survival skills in Detroit on June 11. The talk will be held at the soon-to-open Detroit Writing Room, and will be the first event in the space. An Eventbrite page will post soon with ticket info. If you're in the area and want to attend, please stop by!
As always, if you want to get in touch with me, please use my site contact form. I am always looking for more paid writing and editing opportunities.