I love exploring America’s wilderness — usually through backcountry backpacking, trail running or rock climbing. I once voluntarily spent two weeks patrolling the remote canyons of a corner of the Utah desert known as The Maze for Canyonlands National Park. I have also completed the 220-mile John Muir Trail, traversing the High Sierras (what Muir aptly called the “Range of Light”) from Yosemite Valley to the summit of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48.

In a former life, I was a newspaper editor and a general and political news correspondent for the international newswire Reuters, where my stories regularly reached a global audience and appeared in publications like the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Guardian. I have discussed my work on MSNBC and KCRW, Southern California’s largest NPR affiliate, among other outlets.

As a freelance writer and photographer, I have also been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, NPR, American Public Media’s On Being, the Knight Chair in Media and Religion blog, and elsewhere. I’ve reported from places as far-flung as Israel and Tanzania, as well as across the United States.

I received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Southern California’s Graduate School of Journalism, where I was an Annenberg Fellow. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs and French Literature from the University of Virginia, where I was an Echols Scholar.

I was born and raised in Albemarle County, Virginia on the grounds of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, just outside of Charlottesville. I thought for a long while that riding bikes after public visiting hours around historical sites was totally normal. Apparently that is actually quite unusual.