I'm a journalist with a career spanning 15 years, multiple continents and topics ranging from globalization to conflict to politics.
Most recently, I spent two years covering trends in business and regulation for The Wall Street Journal out of Washington, DC.
Before taking on the wilds of DC, I spent a decade years as a foreign correspondent 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 the role of religion in conflict and global politics.
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.