I am an independent foreign correspondent and producer based in Mogadishu, Somalia and working across the region. I've covered stories from al-Shabab's attack on Kenya's Garissa University to political violence in the lead up to Burundi's 2015 election and uncovered strong evidence that U.S. Special Operations Forces killed 10 civilians in an ill-advised operation in Somalia.
Originally from Washington DC, I hold a B.A. in political science from Tufts University where I studied journalism in the university's Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice directed by VII Photo Agency co-founder Gary Knight. While based in New England, I reported extensively on gang violence in Providence, Rhode Island and conducted investigative research across Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, often with the support of the Institute for Global Leadership. From Boston I moved to South Africa where I reported for Independent Papers in Cape Town, later returning to East Africa as an independent journalist. In 2017, I relocated from Nairobi, Kenya to Mogadishu, Somalia, where I am currently the only foreign correspondent permanently based in the country.
I have reported for Foreign Policy Magazine, The Daily Beast, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Quartz, IRIN News, the Christian Science Monitor, VICE News, News Deeply, OZY Magazine and others and produced and/or shot video segments and documentaries for Netflix, PBS Newshour, VICE News Tonight and VICE Weekly on HBO, Agence France-Presse, and AJ+ among others. Throughout all my work, my goal remains the same: to hold those in power to account and to tell the human stories that break down the barriers and bridge the divides between people.
My reporting on peacekeeping in Somalia was shortlisted for the One World Media Awards in 2017 and my documentary work on gang violence in the United States won a Grand Prize from the Atavist Magazine's Digital Storymakers Competition for Multimedia Journalism in 2013. I speak Swahili and Spanish, am a member of Women Photograph and the Frontline Freelance Register, and am available for assignments worldwide. Please visit the contact page to get in touch.