Producer, Educator & Writer
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Born and raised in California, I am a producer, educator and writer.
With roots in Kochi, Prague and the San Francisco Bay Area, I divide my time between the places I feel at home. Over the past few years, I have produced and written for newspapers, radio and magazines from Gaborone, Botswana to Los Angeles, California. Written pieces have appeared in Yes! Magazine, Makeshift Magazine, KQED Arts and AJ+ and video as appeared on Fusion Media, AJ+, The New York Times, Die Zeit Online and KQED Arts.
Previously, I taught in Ladakh, India, and spent a year as a Fulbright fellow teaching, and doing freelance work in Germany. I lived and worked in India for three years, serving on staff with Indicorps, and then working with Navdanya‘s biodiversity farm and Druk White Lotus School.
I have several years of experience working with the National Student Leadership Conference on programs relating to International Diplomacy, Globalization, and helping to create and establish the Journalism & Mass Communication program. From 2009-2011, I directed the program on Journalism & Mass Communication at American University in Washington, DC and Berkeley, California.
With a passion for experimental innovative projects, I was an Oculus Launch Pad grant recipient and member of YouTube’s VR Creators Lab in Los Angeles. I have presented for the Online News Association, SXSW and BinderCon since co-founding Tiny World Productions, an innovative immersive journalism studio.
I have developed curriculum training for journalists in video and immersive storytelling in the U.S., India and around the world. My teaching and reporting has brought me to Hamburg, Germany as a Fulbright Fellow and Berlin as a Arthur F. Burns Fellow with Die Zeit Online.
I am a graduate of Pitzer College in California where I studied Global Communications and Studio Arts. I spent a year in Denmark as a Master’s student in Journalism, Media and Globalization at Aarhus University and I received my Master’s in Journalism from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.