I’m an immigrant from a rural Caribbean village, and a first generation college student. In today’s press corps, I have more in common with the grand-parents and great-grandparents of my peers, since we share the same background, than with my actual age group and the generation of newsroom leaders above me. However, being “out of place” in the profession is a storytelling gift—as is belonging to the demographic shift that’s upending the old stories that native-born Americans tell about each other. I’ve expressed this insight through enterprise journalism for nearly a decade. I create space for marginalized voices and perspectives—on their terms—and I hope to inspire others to do the same.
I belong to the inaugural cohort of "50 Women Can Change the World in Journalism" leadership program, I was a journalist co-leader at the 2018 annual Kopkind Colony retreat, and I’ve been a fellow of The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. My work has appeared in The Daily Beast, The Nation, The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, The Chicago Reporter, The Christian Science Monitor, O, The Oprah Magazine, and other national and community outlets. I belong to the Journalism and Women's Symposium (JAWS), and I’m an Echoing Ida editor, and a trained workshop leader for the NY Writers Coalition. Viví en México por un poco y siempre, yo quiero practicar el español. I reported from Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and founded a platform to insert diaspora perspectives into U.S. media narratives about their country’s development. I’m a graduate of the London School of Economics; the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism; NYU’s night school by way of Duke University; and late-80s/early-90s New York City.
Knowledge specialties: gender and international development; diasporas/migration; criminal justice; racial justice; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); class politics.
For students and working journalists—particularly if low-income, working class, or immigrant—I invite you to talk with me about reporting for, not just about, communities; resources to help you improve race and class coverage; or career moves. If I can’t help, I may know someone who can.