Aloha, I am a Hawaii-based journalist. I am interested in news from the Asia-Pacific region, especially the Hawaiian Islands, and have covered the area extensively with a local and global audience in mind.
Currently I am the Night Editor for BuzzFeed News, where I work with a breaking news team that is located around the world and report on everything from culture to the environment.
At the Hawaii Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists' 2016 Excellence in Journalism Awards, I was awarded Best Reporting Using Social Media for my story on Disney pulling a Moana costume after people were angered over it using "brownface."
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 for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Bold Italic, and the Bay Citizen. I also wrote a weekly music column for the San Francisco Chronicle.
I 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 Hawaii. While in college, I interned at PBS Hawaii, Hawaii News Now (KHNL News), and McSweeney’s Book Publishing in San Francisco.
I earned a MA in Journalism at Columbia University in New York City and a BA in English and Psychology at Oberlin College in Ohio.
In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, hiking, and surfing — and doing all of these things with my dog.