I'm a freelance writer

based in Washington, D.C., but I travel wherever the story takes me.

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from around the planet …


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The Eyes of Death—And Life

PASTE MAGAZINE Beneath the resorts that line the Yucatan, underground rivers run through ancient coral bedrock, making for mellow water adventures. Scuba divers risk getting trapped in these cenotes (sinkholes formed by collapsed rock), but for snorkelers, only a fool... read more

Ronnie’s Encore

REAL FREDERICK As a young guitarist, Ronnie Younkins wanted rock ‘n’ roll to take him as far as he could go. Now, music brings this Blues Vulture home.  ∞ On a Saturday night at Cactus Flats, Ronnie Younkins straps on his electric guitar, turns his back to... read more

The Last of the Arabbers

EATER.COM As he leads a painted horse cart brimming with oranges and bananas and peaches past housing projects and boarded-up buildings, B.J. looks like the king of West Baltimore. Friends shout his name, grasp his hand, lean over to share hugs. He greets, chats, and... read more

Rescue Day

BETHESDA MAGAZINE A silent killer turns a day of celebration into one of the biggest emergencies the B-CC Rescue Squad has ever faced. ∞ Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad Chief Ned Sherburne awoke around 6 a.m. at the squad station, where he had spent the night, as he... read more

Mall of the Future

  BETHESDA MAGAZINE Malls are dying. So why is this one thriving? ∞ On a May afternoon at Westfield Montgomery shopping mall, a group of teenagers with shopping bags races across the tile floor before deflating into chairs by the escalator, checking their... read more

Jumping the Velvet Rope

I have been starstruck as a journalist only once. Working as a reporter in Aspen gives even rookies a chance to brush up against A-listers they probably wouldn’t run into as cub reporters in Poughkeepsie. I interviewed politicians I admired (and those I... read more

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