I'm a freelance feature and news writer based in Hawaii. I am passionate about news from the Pacific region, especially the Hawaiian Islands, and have reported on the area extensively with a local and global audience in mind. My work has been published by NBC News, the Guardian, Gizmodo, BuzzFeed News, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and others.
For more than six years, I was the Night Editor for BuzzFeed News, where I reported and edited breaking news from Honolulu, Hawaii, with a team based around the world.
For BuzzFeed News, I reported frequently on issues from Hawaii that were of national and international importance. Just last year, I reported on the false missile alert, I went to the Big Island to cover the eruption, and I reported on a hurricane that flooded multiple parts of the state. These events left lasting mental and physical effects on people impacted, and I used my careful interviewing skills and thorough research to report these stories.
I have also reported on Pacific island nations and territories, including an article on a massive storm that hit a US territory in the Northern Mariana Islands and a longform politics story about US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s run for president and the citizenship status of people born in American Samoa, where she was born.
Before BuzzFeed, I was a Hawaii stringer for the New York Times and a contributor to the Honolulu Civil Beat. Prior to this, I lived in the Bay Area and wrote regularly for the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Bold Italic, the San Francisco Arts Quarterly, and the Bay Citizen.
I grew up in Hawaii and started my career as a Society of Professional Journalist Fellow at Honolulu Magazine, where I wrote about local artists, ocean issues, hiking books, and reasons to love my hometown. While in college, I interned at PBS Hawaii, Hawaii News Now (then-KHNL News), and McSweeney’s Book Publishing in San Francisco.
I earned a MA in Journalism at Columbia University in New York and a BA in English and Psychology at Oberlin College in Ohio.
In my spare time, I enjoy gardening and hiking — and doing these things with my husband and dog. Please check out the small farm that we live and work on at Tantalus Botanicals.