Previously, I covered retail and world affairs at the International Business Times. Before that, I reported on the media industry in Los Angeles for The Wrap and, later, in New York at FishbowlNY. I got my first real gig writing about crime, fires and the occasional citywide spelling bee for The Boston Globe.
I have written for Pacific Standard, and appeared on TV and radio at places such as MSNBC, CBC Radio and the BBC World Service.
My journalism career started at 15 years old with an internship at The Long-Islander, a weekly newspaper founded by Walt Whitman in 1838 in Huntington, New York. I use my middle initial in my byline, not to sound smart, but to pay respects to an old newspaper tradition.
I live in Astoria, Queens, with my girlfriend, a cat named Ashitaka, and jungle of plants.