I’m a freelance features and news writer based in Anchorage, Alaska. My work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, Atlas Obscura, GQ, The Counter, Huffington Post, October, Paste, Roadtrippers, Architectural Digest, U.S. News & World Report, and more. I’m passionate about stories concerning travel, sustainability, food security, beer, the environment, and general absurdity.
Since moving to Alaska in 2015, I’ve reported extensively about my adopted state, both for local and global audiences. For Alaska Dispatch News, I predominately wrote features, including shadowing an Iditarod musher, a duo shucking oysters in a state where they don’t naturally grow, the art of homebrewing (which won second place for Best Arts Reporting at the Alaska Press Club Awards), and a circus camp hundreds of miles north of the Arctic Circle. I also wrote about hiking, wilderness safety, and road trips for the Visitors’ Guide to Alaska. For national publications, just a few of the pieces I’ve written having included how Covid-19 affected the salmon industry, how school bus drivers were mobilized to bring meals to hungry kids, a profile on an award-winning Santa (who is also a grave digger), and about how betting on the melting of a river has given the state both it’s only legal betting avenue and important scientific climate data.
I’ve also created content for brands, including Alaska Pacific University, Alaska Native Tribal Health Center, Alaska Regional Hospital, and First National Bank of Alaska, among others.
I grew up in Wisconsin and attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. There I tripled majored in News/Internet Journalism, Magazine Journalism and International Relations (try saying that three times fast).
After graduation, I spent a year teaching English and newspaper basics to 250+ students at a university in Guilin, Guangxi, China. During my time there, I implemented lesson plans that had students creating their own class newspapers, which pushed them to think about different ways to write and to look at a topic from myriad angles. In turn, it taught me how to be a better editor and coach.
I’m a devout Packers fan, avid runner, antique store enthusiast, and full-time coffee junkie. When not interviewing sources or writing articles, I can be found exploring art galleries, sampling the latest beers from craft breweries, hiking with my dog, and planning my next adventure (at present, I’ve been to 65/195 UN recognized nations and hope to hit all of them within the next decade).
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