Highlights from 2021
Burning Man Investigations
In 2018 and 2019, I investigated how the liberating Burning Man movement provided cover for many predators for Salon.
Burning Man, a utopia for guests was a hell for workers (co-written with Keith Spencer)
I spoke more about my reporting on KCRW, you can listen here.
USC Center for Health Journalism California Fellowship Project 2020
As a 2020 fellow, I investigated the California Bay Area’s Project Roomkey initiative (a pivot from my original project once the pandemic hit). What I found was a small silver lining in all of the chaos: the uplifting stories at an RV park provided by Project Roomkey, which experts hailed as an example of how a housing-first approach could actually be a means to lift people out of homelessness in the Bay Area.
Writing on volunteering as self-care
I’m fascinated by the science and health benefits of volunteering. The self-care movement, as well-intentioned as it is, often suggests that we engage in activities that keep us focused on the self. I truly believe that we will see organized volunteering and mutual aide groups as the antidote to loneliness in our society, instead of monetized wellness, especially after COVID-19.
Here are pieces I’ve written about volunteering and the pitfalls of the wellness industry.
Why doing good is good for the do-gooder – The New York Times