I’m an investigative reporter based in Washington, D.C.
One of my most recent stories revealed that the U.S. has wasted at least 82.1 million Covid vaccine doses — with some states, pharmacy chains and dialysis centers wasting more than a quarter of the doses they received.
Currently, I’m a researcher on the digital enterprise team at NBC News. Before that, I was an investigative reporter at CQ Roll Call and ThinkProgress. I’ve also worked at ProPublica’s Electionland, GBH News and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.
Other places my work has appeared include The Washington Post, ProPublica, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The New Republic, FiveThirtyEight, Kaiser Health News, Al Jazeera America, The Intercept and Religion News Service.
Impact and awards
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, cited my reporting during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett in October 2020. Another story in the same series resulted in disciplinary action against Judge William J. Martínez of the U.S. District Court of Colorado.
In February 2020, Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., introduced new firearms legislation based on my reporting about weaknesses in the gun background check system.
My stories have also led Congress to ask former Attorney General William Barr and former CIA Director Gina Haspel to clarify their testimony; prompted senators to call on YouTube to better enforce its own gun policies; led to sexual misconduct investigations at a shelter for migrant children in Kansas, a Buddhist group in Colorado and a Christian college in Massachusetts; and been cited in a federal voting rights lawsuit and two Congressional Research Service reports.
I was one of the only reporters on the ground as torch-wielding white supremacists marched through the University of Virginia campus the night before the Unite the Right rally, in Charlottesville, Va. My on-the-ground reporting from the march was cited by Religion News Service, The Christian Century and the book “American Prophets.” I also make an appearance in Insider’s graphic novel about the rally.
Harvard Divinity School awarded me the Peter J. Gomes Distinguished Alumni Honors in 2021 for my reporting.
Outlets that have cited my reporting include The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, NBC Nightly News, NPR, Politico, Axios — and even The Late Show and Saturday Night Live. My series on Covid vaccine waste has also been cited in scientific journals.
Skills and background
Many of my investigations are based on data and documents obtained through public records requests. I’ve brought successful lawsuits against the FBI and the CIA under the Freedom of Information Act, and I usually have dozens of open records requests at a given time. I’ve led trainings on public records at NBC News, ThinkProgress, Boston University and American University.
I’ve done workshops on using digital security tools to protect confidential sources for the GroundTruth Project, InsideClimate News, Texas Observer and ThinkProgress.
I have a master’s in Tibetan Buddhist studies from Harvard University and a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of West Georgia. In between, I spent a year serving in AmeriCorps at the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless.
I’m a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Religion News Association.
The best place to follow my work is on Twitter.