MY WORK AS A PHOTOJOURNALIST, LONG FORM INVESTIGATIVE, MULTI-MEDIA AND/OR IMMERSION JOURNALIST IS A PRACTICE I TAKE SERIOUSLY. I TRY EXTENSIVELY TO DOCUMENT THE STORIES OF PEOPLE IN PLACES OTHERS WON'T GO (OR CAN'T.) 

I'M A VEHICLE FOR THOSE WITH STORIES TO TELL. 

TRAVEL column & WRITING

2.5 years of travel columns from Macau to Qatar to British Columbia to Hong Kong to Boston to the Carribean to Vegas to Sturgis to MIT's Media Lab and more all over the continental United States.

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ACTIVISM & ART

From climate movement protests to new solar companies opening to rallies and activism, this is journalism mostly centered around the progressive movement and/or movement art-making. 

INDIGNEOUS COMMUNITY

From the signing of international treaties between Indigenous women of North and South America to op-eds on cultural appropriation to video reports on community sovereignty debates.

LONG-FORM INVESTIGATIVE

Exposés shining a light onto abuses at immigrant detention facilities to tours of secretive military development facilities to capturing and presenting the voices of folks dying at the hands of fossil fuel extraction industry.

 
 

Producer: Cursed by Coal: Mining the Navajo Nation, 2015, VICE News

There's a resource curse on the Navajo Nation. The 27,000-square-mile reservation straddling parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah has an extremely high abundance of many energy resources - particularly coal. That coal is what's burned to provide much of the Southwest with electricity, and it creates jobs for the Navajo.

  Reporter: In the presence of giants: War machines, 2013, CLCLT The aircraft and aerospace industries have been cash crops for the desert town of Palmdale, Calif., since the 1950s. On the very off, very random chance to have a private tour of Lockheed Martin's awe-inspiring UAV and jet manufacturing facility called Skunk Works, I leapt at the chance, not knowing what to expect. Palmdale is known as the aerospace capital of the U.S., and while info about the city is readily available, accessibly details about the facility are limited. The things they're manufacturing in this place are of national importance. Since only one building is really visible from the road, some locals spend their whole lives growing up nearby, wondering what all goes on over there.  

 

Reporter: In the presence of giants: War machines, 2013, CLCLT

The aircraft and aerospace industries have been cash crops for the desert town of Palmdale, Calif., since the 1950s. On the very off, very random chance to have a private tour of Lockheed Martin's awe-inspiring UAV and jet manufacturing facility called Skunk Works, I leapt at the chance, not knowing what to expect.

Palmdale is known as the aerospace capital of the U.S., and while info about the city is readily available, accessibly details about the facility are limited. The things they're manufacturing in this place are of national importance. Since only one building is really visible from the road, some locals spend their whole lives growing up nearby, wondering what all goes on over there.

 

  Reporter: After detention & abuse, immigrants find lifesaving support in an unexpected place, 2015, ShadowProof Three years ago, Juan Jose Antonio Deras, 35, an undocumented immigrant man who arrived in the United States as an 11 year old, walked into the Denver Contract Detention Facility in Aurora, Colorado. But on July 24, 2015, he left in a wheelchair. Deras had no friends, family, or loved ones there to pick him up that day. He had no home. He was all but broken, but his indomitable spirit kept him alive, along with support from an unexpected source: a volunteer volleyball league out to help more than just him.

 

Reporter: After detention & abuse, immigrants find lifesaving support in an unexpected place, 2015, ShadowProof

Three years ago, Juan Jose Antonio Deras, 35, an undocumented immigrant man who arrived in the United States as an 11 year old, walked into the Denver Contract Detention Facility in Aurora, Colorado. But on July 24, 2015, he left in a wheelchair.

Deras had no friends, family, or loved ones there to pick him up that day. He had no home. He was all but broken, but his indomitable spirit kept him alive, along with support from an unexpected source: a volunteer volleyball league out to help more than just him.

Topics central to the indigenous community have been something I've focused on since 2013. 

 

Much of the work I do focuses particularly on North American Native women, a community that is often disregarded or not covered by mainstream media. It's also a community which I am a part of. Below is a sampling of the kind of work I do and it's in no way comprehensive. :)

 
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The Standing Rock Victory You Didn’t Hear About

The day 40 to 50 Native water protectors kept 250 militarized police from attacking camp.

2016, Yes! Magazine


20 photos: my seven months of living at standing rock

The life that we have built here has taught many how to live a large-scale sustainable, decolonized, anticapitalist lifestyle.

2016, Yes! Magazine


Reporting, Photojournalism: Activists Call for Inclusion of Rights of Indigenous Peoples in UN Climate Agreement, 2015, Earth Island Journal

Reporting, Photojournalism: Activists Call for Inclusion of Rights of Indigenous Peoples in UN Climate Agreement, 2015, Earth Island Journal



I started writing for CL Charlotte when I became their Web Strategist and Digital Content Editor back in October 2011. Since then I have written about travel, tech, and often the intersection of the two.  In July 2012 I got my very own, very wonderful column called Wayfaring Tech Nomad.   It ran for 2.5 years and spanned multiple continents. Here some of the greatest adventures I've gone on and some of the most amazing new-school tech I've come across in the process.

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