I'm a freelance magazine journalist based in Oakland. Previously, I was a staff reporter at Forbes. My work has also appeared in Mother Jones, Pacific Standard,
The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, San Francisco Magazine, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, The Center for Investigative Reporting, The Center for Public Integrity, and elsewhere. I write a column on pitching for Nieman Storyboard.
"Frozen Assets," my feature about Alaska's universal basic income program in Mother Jones, won a 2018 "Best in Business" Award from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing and a 2019 Excellence in Journalism Award in longform storytelling from SPJ-NorCal. I've received support for my work from the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, the Kaiser Global Health Reporting Fellowship and the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University. I'm a member of The Writers Grotto in San Francisco.
I graduated from Columbia Journalism School, where I received the Richard T. Baker Award for magazine writing and the Melvin Mencher Award for superior reporting. I also have an M.S. from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Harvard.
In a past life, I worked as a private investigator and as an international development consultant in Indian slums. I was born in Ukraine and moved to San Francisco on the day of the 1989 earthquake.