I'm a journalist with a career spanning 15 years, multiple continents and topics ranging from globalization to technology to conflict to politics.
I am currently POLITICO's national security editor, overseeing coverage ranging from global diplomatic wranglings, to the rise of China, to cybersecurity. Before that, I spent two years overseeing POLITICO's tech and cybersecurity coverage.
I spent a decade as a foreign correspondent in Africa and Central Asia for The Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal. I returned to the U.S. in 2016 for a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, where where I spent the year studying the role of religion in conflict and global politics. Then I moved on to Washington, DC, where I covered trends in business and regulation for The Journal.
During four years reporting in Afghanistan, I embedded with U.S. forces, traveled out to remote villages and held 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.
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.