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 the female fighters on the frontlines of Somalia and migrants making the journey from North Africa across the Mediterranean.
Originally from Washington DC, I graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in political science and studied multimedia 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.
I write, I take photos, and I produce and shoot videos for clients including Agence France-Presse, AJ+, VICE News Tonight, Foreign Policy Magazine, USA Today, News Deeply, Quartz, the Christian Science Monitor, OZY Magazine, and Africa Geographic among others. I also shoot and produce video content for NGOs and for-profit companies as well as train media professionals on effective communications and storytelling. I believe in the power of storytelling to break down the barriers and bridge the divides between people and so through all of my work, my goal remains the same: to find under-reported stories in seemingly far corners of the world and make them resonate their audience as deeply as possible.
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.