I’m an independent, multimedia journalist who’s been based in Seoul since 2006. I regularly report for the US public radio program The World, VOA and cover breaking news for NPR. My writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic online, Al Jazeera and many other outlets. I’m also a 2020 National Geographic Explorer.
After reporting on a countless number of North Korean missile tests, I’ve carved-out a new beat; global disabilities. People with disabilities account for around 15% of the world’s population, but their stories aren’t given adequate media attention. And while attempts are being made to diversify newsrooms, that hasn’t extended to greater inclusion for journalists with a disability. I know a little about this… my own work is informed by my experience as a reporter with a vision impairment.
A little more bout me:
I grew up in the pine barrens of southern New Jersey where my family owned a Christmas tree farm. I was a theatre geek who after accepting that I wasn’t going to make it on Broadway decided to major in broadcasting at Montclair State University. Later, I earned a MA in International Relations at the UK’s University of Kent’s campus in Brussels. I’ve also taught journalism to students who might one day take my job away from me at Montclair State University and Seton Hall. I’ve spoken on journalism panels at conferences for the Asian American Journalism Association, East-West Center and the Society for Professional Journalists.