Who's this Heidi gal?
I am a Wall Street Journal reporter covering trends in business and regulation out of Washington, DC. I'm looking for winners and losers and how the game is changing as some regulations shift and others disappear.
Before taking on the wilds of DC, I spent 10 years as a foreign correspondent covering globalization, conflict, corruption, extremism and natural resource issues in Africa and Central Asia.
I spent four years of that time reporting in Afghanistan: embedding with U.S. forces, traveling out to remote villages and holding both the Afghan and American governments accountable. In Africa, I covered everything from Ebola outbreaks, to technology startups, to issues with U.S. aid projects, to the inner workings of al-Shabaab and Boko Haram.
I started the whole journalism adventure with The Associated Press, then jumped over to the Journal in 2013 as its East Africa correspondent.
I returned to the US in 2016 for a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, where I spent the year studying globalization and religion. I will talk your ear off about this if you let me.
In previous lives (ie - my 20s), I covered advertising, theater and financial markets out of New York.
I grew up in northern Kentucky (we can argue about whether it counts as the South or the Midwest) and despite all the globetrotting, I still consider it home.
And since you asked, yes, I have indeed started a string of competitive potlucks around the world.