What do you do?
I'm a freelance science writer and editor living in Boston, MA. Currently, I'm an Outdoors Editor at The Wirecutter, the New York Times product review site, and I also edit books, write reported science stories, and assist media start ups with building smarter audience engagement strategies.
What's your journalistic "specialty"?
I specialize in writing about new medical technologies. My "superpower" is that I'm hyper-organized and efficient, no matter what project I'm working on. Big picture, I teach writers to tell stories in a way that will impact the most people possible.
I'm a journalist because I believe stories can change people's minds. In a divided world, this is more important now than ever before. I'm also obsessed with how we make people pay attention to stories that matter. How can we get readers to really dig into tough topics like climate change? Why do certain stories go viral while others don't? Is there a discoverable recipe for virality?
What did you do before working as a freelance writer and editor?
After I graduated from Bucknell University with my BA in Psychology in 2012, I started my journalism career as a digital editorial intern at Boston magazine, Her Campus, and Rollinglobe. I got my MS in Journalism from Boston University in December 2013, where I focused on science writing and narrative non-fiction. Following my graduate program, I ghostwrote a book about using emotional agility to effectively manage teams, and I worked as the Managing Editor of MedTech Boston, a medical innovation website and start-up.
Before working at the Wirecutter, I was an Editor at Upworthy where I launched our freelance program and managed a team of staff writers. I originally joined Upworthy in 2015 as the Executive Assistant of Editorial, to help the Editorial Director overhaul the former editorial system and to teach writers how to do original reporting.
What else are you up to?
When I'm not living on the Internet, I love to run, cook, hike, practice yoga, and travel.