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I've worked as a reporter and editor at a number of San Francisco Bay Area newspapers since the mid-1990s, covering breaking news, civil and criminal courts, crime, politics, city hall, development, business, transportation, education, youth issues, music, food and the arts. I've also contributed work to several national and international publications.

Representative work is featured below. Click here for a more thorough archive

Cover Stories:

A More Perfect Union: Prop. 8 May Lead to Gay-Marriage Rights (SF Weekly, October 17, 2012)   The Adventures of a Videogame Rebel (SF Weekly, May 23, 2012)


Technology and Culture:

How Ellen Pao lost her job but survived Reddit's swamp of trolls (The Guardian, July 12, 2015)

How To (Accidentally) Build A More Female-Friendly Game (Medium, Aug. 18, 2015)

Fare Hack: Exploting a Clipper Card is Easy (SF Weekly, Feb. 1, 2012)

Smartphone thefts give wake-up call (San Francisco Examiner, April 6, 2012)

In video games, teens face (and fight) their demons (Wired, June 27, 2011)



UCSF scientists peer more deeply into sensory processing disorder (San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 3, 2014)

Positive Parents: More Mixed-Status HIV Couples Are Having HIV-Free Children (Sphere, September 2014)

More San Francisco women choosing home birth despite the higher cost (San Francisco Examiner, Jan. 29, 2011)



San Francisco's special education classes disproportionately filled with minority students (San Francisco Examiner, Sept. 18, 2011)

Balance of Discipline, (San Francisco Examiner, Jan. 22, 2009)

English-Language Programs Face Challenges, (San Francisco Examiner, Jan. 3, 2007)


Civic Life: 

The High Cost of Justice, (East Bay Express, Aug. 13, 2014)

Alone No More: Will New Neighbors Tolerate Bottom of the Hill? (SF Weekly, March 5, 2014)

Infested BART: Inspection Reports Reveal Serious Pest Problems, (SF Weekly, Sept. 12, 2012)


Heavy Metal in the Middle East:

An Unusual Heavy-Metal Love Story (New Yorker, March 13, 2013)

Egypt’s Latest in the War on Metal (Invisible Oranges, June 26, 2013)

The Heavy Metal Witch Hunt Lives On (PopMatters, June 4, 2012)

Interview: Bassem Deaïbess of Lebanon's Blaakyum (Invisible Oranges, Feb. 9, 2012)