I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.
As an undergraduate at Northwestern University, I earned my bachelor’s degree in journalism and international studies. There, I investigated miscarriages of justice for the Medill Innocence Project; danced 120 hours at Northwestern’s Dance Marathon, the university’s largest philanthropic fundraiser; and worked at my college newspaper, The Daily Northwestern.
When I arrived at college, my entire life fit neatly into two suitcases and a box. And since I spent a good portion of my undergraduate years bouncing from one city to the next for internships, it stayed that way. I did stints at The Miami Herald, San Jose Mercury News, The Orange County Register and Contra Costa Times.
After graduating, I landed at The Washington Post, where I followed Detroit’s automakers through bailout and bankruptcy. As a business reporter, I also covered the airline industry, business of healthcare and technology.
Then I jumped into the world of politics as a reporter at Politico, where I covered the 2012 Republican presidential race and the Obama administration.
Today, I’m a writer, splitting my time between Baltimore and Washington, DC.