Biography

Biography

To learn more about my creative writing, please listen to this podcast or read this excerpt of my novel Subduction, a modern love story between an anthropologist and a hoarder’s son.

Since 2016, I have served as president of the board of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit newsroom I co-founded in 2009. The Woodsy recently profiled my role with InvestigateWest, path as a practicing journalist and aspirations as a novelist.

I freelance from the Pacific Northwest for the Guardian and the New York Times. I was floored when the Guardian’s Katharine Viner commissioned me to investigate the disappearance of Blackfeet actress Misty Upham. My 5,000 word narrative about Misty’s life and death was recognized for Diversity in Digital Features by the Society for Features Journalism in 2016. Many thanks to editor Jessica Reed for her fine eye.

As researcher, I was the only non-staffer on the team that produced Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek. With support from the multimedia crew at the New York Times and editor Jason Stallman, author John Branch crafted a complex narrative for a digital age. Together, we helped make journalistic history.

The Team: John Branch, Ruth Fremson, Catherine Spangler, Hannah Fairfield, Xaquín G.V., Jon Huang, Wayne Kamidoi, Sam Manchester, Alan McLean, Jacky Myint, Graham Roberts, Joe Ward, Jeremy White, Josh Williams, Eric Miller, Shane Wilder, Kristen Millares Young

Awards

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Pulitzer Prize for feature writing

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Peabody Award

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Pictures of the Year International
Best E-Project

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American Society of Newspaper Editors
Punch Sulzberger Award for Online Storytelling

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers awarded my and others’ work with 2007 Best in Business, General Excellence award (medium circulation). In recognizing the Seattle P-I’s business staff, judges highlighted my April 2007 story about an ex-port chief’s illicit retirement package, which spurred a state Supreme Court-sanctioned recall effort.

The Society of Professional Journalists’ Pacific Northwest Chapter awarded my work with 2007 Second Place for Comprehensive Coverage and, in collaboration with my colleague Ruth Teichroeb, 2006 First Place for Best Government Reporting and Best Online Business Adaptation.

Education

Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and GO-MAP scholar, University of Washington
Multimedia reporting fellow, Knight Digital Media Center, University of California at Berkeley
A.B. magna cum laude in History and Literature of Latin America, Harvard University
One semester at the University of Havana, Cuba

Journalism

Freelance Journalist, the Guardian and the New York Times
Co-founder and President of the Board, InvestigateWest, a non-profit newsroom
Program Venture Fund grant recipient, KUOW-94.9, National Public Radio station
Staff Political and Business Reporter, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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