I’m an award-winning writer and editor of the Criminal Justice Project, a news unit that produces groundbreaking stories about wrongdoing in the justice system. The CJ Project's reporters document the abuses that occur in jails and prisons, in remote outbacks and border towns—and in City Hall.


My work for the news initiative, based in Albuquerque, caps a career devoted to social justice reporting. I recently received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship to write about teenagers who grew up on death row. The resulting articles can be found in The New York Times and Salon.com.


I’ve also worked for major newspapers and written everything from short stories and magazine features to political profiles. I've had the vast honor of sharing a dinner with Kurt Vonnegut and playing cards with him and his daughter in the kitchen of his brownstone. I've interviewed Doris Lessing, Pete Seeger, Joan Rivers, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. I've covered Liberty City, a riot zone outside of Miami, and the Yellowstone Club, a swank billionaire’s enclave in Montana. 


For most of two decades I've lived in Missoula, Montana, with my daughter, an artist. The household includes a cheerful but wiggy Bichon.