I am an independent foreign correspondent and producer based in Mogadishu, Somalia and working across the region. I've covered stories from Al Shabaab's attack on Kenya's Garissa University to political violence during Burundi's 2015 election and uncovered strong evidence that U.S. Special Operations Forces' were directly involved in the death of ten civilians in an ill-advised, U.S.-led operation in Somalia.
My work has appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Policy Magazine, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Daily Beast, Quartz, IRIN News, The Christian Science Monitor, VICE News and others, and I have 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. I have also appeared on Democracy Now!, France 24, and i24 News. Throughout all my work, my goal remains the same: to hold those in power to account and to tell the narrative stories that break down the barriers and bridge the divides between people.
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 conducted investigative research across Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America in conjunction with 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.
My reporting has been long-listed for the One World Media Awards in 2017 and 2018, won a Grand Prize in the Digital Storymakers Competition for Multimedia Journalism in 2013, and is currently supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism. 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.