Versatile and passionate journalist with an interest in everything from public affairs to arts and culture.
Two things: I love public radio. I need to tell stories.
Dream beat: Refugees
Journalism takes my passion for social justice and writing and blends them into one. I have always cared deeply about social justice issues. When I was 18-years-old I traveled to Sudan on a humanitarian aid trip.
I spent the following decade figuring out how to do something about all these people in the world that I cared about who might not have the means to tell their own story.
Now that I have some journalism experience, I’m not naïve enough to think I can change the world by writing about it (although I think my website still claims that). I’ve had a healthy dose of reality since then.
As the Reader’s Steve Bogira told me a few months ago, people want to point to something concrete, like a change in policy, but that’s not how most important changes happen.
“I want to believe there’s a modest shift in how [the reader] thinks or sees things…that they see the human, the person, and become more empathetic because of that. I want to believe that happens because of journalism,” he said.
He said the stories he tells are about people who are poor and not used to being listened to and that alone makes them important.
That conversation reminded me of my trip to war-torn Sudan. I met a lot of hurting people in 10 days. By the sixth or seventh day, I was discouraged. I complained to the trip coordinator that we weren’t doing anything. I burst into tears and said, “All I’m doing is shaking people’s hands and telling them hello in Tigrinyan. I’m not doing anything.”
He looked at me and said, “You’re showing them they haven’t been forgotten.”
And in the midst of breaking news, shifting mediums and deadlines, I think that’s what journalism really is.