I am a creator and shaper of engaging written, audio and visual content, an in-demand educator and speaker, and a content strategy consultant, helping others share their stories

My home base for storytelling is KQED, where as a staff reporter and producer, I cover a broad range of arts, culture and other news topics locally, statewide and nationally. In addition to my ongoing beat reporting, I am the creator of award-winning documentaries and interactive audio experiences, and serve as a guest host and commentator on many radio shows and podcasts including KPCC’s The Frame, WNYC’s Soundcheck to KQED’s The Bay. I am also a contributor to many international media outlets including The Guardian and The BBC.

Prior to joining KQED in 2015, I launched and led the arts and culture bureau at Colorado Public Radio, was the Bay Area’s culture columnist for the New York Times, and was also the founder, host and executive producer of VoiceBox, a national award-winning weekly podcast/radio show and live events series all about the human voice.
 

As a consultant focusing on editorial content strategy and project development, I have worked with Google, The Library of Congress, The San Francisco Symphony, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, AL.com, Stanford University and The Hewlett Foundation among many other clients. I am also an ongoing mentor to a growing number of young journalists and artists.


I have hosted discussions, given talks and taught workshops on a range of media and cultural topics at Stanford, Yale, Berkeley and Harvard Universities, as well as The Battery, the San Francisco Public Library, SFJAZZ and many more.

I am the recipient of numerous awards, prizes, grants and fellowships including John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, Humanities Center Fellowship at Stanford University, Webby Award, Society of Professional Journalists Award, Murrow Award, Poynter Fellowship at Yale University, Belle Foundation Prize, Wattis Foundation grant, Sundance Arts Writing Fellowship and Library of Congress Research Fellowship.


I am the author of the book “On Acting” (Faber Inc) and a guest lecturer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from King’s College, Cambridge, and a Masters degree in Dramaturgy from the Central School of Speech and Drama/Harvard Institute for Advanced Theater Training.

 

In my free time, I enjoy playing the oboe in a variety of orchestras and chamber groups, as well as singing in small ensembles and choirs. I love to kayak, hike, bike, run, dance, cook and read.