I’m a journalist who believes that tech can be understandable, engaging and, yes, fun. I love spinning mailing list and Slack threads into content and working with people who don’t think of themselves as writers. The best part of my previous jobs? Building an editorial structure (calendar, style guide, series) and watching site traffic hockey stick as a result.
I also love telling stories outside the text box, having spent a few years as a TV fixer/researcher and then as a TV reporter on a daily national news program.
Currently, I’m the communications manager at Strategies for Open Science (Stratos.) Previously, I served as editor for Superuser, the community publication of the OpenStack Foundation and managing editor at the International Journalists’ Network (IJNet), a nonprofit that keeps reporters informed on tech and training opportunities in seven languages.
As part of the merry crew at Cult of Mac, I reported on all things Apple from Cupertino as well as through trips to China and Brazil. I also led a remote development team to launch a weekly iPad edition with original content and acted as editor.
As a freelancer, I’ve worked for the Economist.com, Wired, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal Europe, BBC2, Newsweek, Discovery Channel and the Italian-language editions of Linux Magazine, Wired and Vanity Fair. While visiting the world’s only plant intelligence lab and voting in the first online Democratic primary I also picked up a smattering of Python, photography and QGIS.
What else? I’ve spent about half my life in San Francisco, California and the other half in Italy. Both places are pretty complicated, seismically, so you could call me disaster minded. I’ve been a member of San Francisco’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) since 2010 and founded a project called Resiliency Maps to help people navigate their surroundings in emergencies. More on how this got started in an interview at GeoHipster.