About me / journalism portfolio

Boston-based independent journalist covering cities and urban policy with a solutions lens. Contributor to Reasons to be Cheerful, Shelterforce, HealthCity, Next City and the Bay State Banner, a longstanding weekly covering Boston’s communities of color. Other bylines: The New York TimesThe GuardianExhale magazine. Topics include food security, housing and foreclosure, health equity, early literacy, trauma-informed practices, transportation, worker cooperatives and community economic development.

My first set of Shelterforce stories covered the intersection of health and community development; for a 2022 “Under the Lens” series I covered five successful tenant organizing efforts across the U.S.

As a GSA/New America Media Journalists in Aging fellow, I wrote a multi-part series examining housing challenges for Boston’s low-income elders. With support from NAM’s Climate Change in Communities of Color fellowship, I reported on the disparate climate change impact predicted for Boston neighborhoods. As a graduate policy fellow at MassINC, I co-authored a report on supporting immigrant entrepreneurship in Massachusetts’ gateway cities.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology, a master’s in Journalism and a master’s in Urban and Regional Policy (now Urban Planning and Policy) from Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.

Selected stories:

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Black churches in CA lead the way to quality end-of-life care (Reasons to be Cheerful)

At on-campus retirement communities, seniors & ‘seniors’ forge deep bonds (Reasons to be Cheerful)

Rapid ACCESS fills the gaps for patients with addiction (HealthCity)

Boston organizers protect tenants while trying to change the system (Shelterforce)

Crisis responses that avert police calls (Shelterforce)

COVID cast a light on health disparities: How can we build resilience before the next pandemic? (Bay State Banner)

The New York Times

Together, parents boost their children’s early learning

The Guardian (Guardian Cities)

Come for the pizza, stay for the power: Why Boston lets teenagers set its budget


Boston organizers protect tenants while trying to change the system

Tenant protections take a step forward in MD

How Portland, Maine passed rent control

All tenants get right to counsel in Kansas City

How Miami-Dade organizers won a tenant bill of rights

Crisis responses that avert police calls (long-form feature)

Easing stress of eviction for those with mental health challenges (long-form feature)

How much time does trauma-informed community building take? It’s complicated (long-form feature)

Fannie Mae financing initiative encourages healthier design, stronger resident services

Health-community partnerships receive recognition

Trauma-informed practices help deliver better care to clients, staff (long-form feature)

Housing organizations pivot to provide COVID testing, vaccinations

What’s different when the community collects the data?

Getting Philly’s competitive health systems to work together for the community (long-form feature)

Filling the affordable housing financing gap in the Gulf Coast: Getting MCOs on board

Insights for health and community development partnerships from those who’ve crossed sectors (long-form feature)

Reasons to be Cheerful

Black churches in CA lead the way to quality end-of-life care

At on-campus retirement communities, seniors & ‘seniors’ forge deep bonds

At this grocery store, shoppers pay what they wish

Next City

Framingham, Mass. makes strides toward inclusive civic engagement

How Chicago could build equity into transportation

Children’s savings accounts help families eye college, vocational goals

NPS aims to engage local residents in Boston’s Charlestown Navy Yard planning

Accessibility, better infrastructure, ‘destination playscape’ slated for Boston’s City Hall

In Boston, interactive exhibit brings redlining impact home

Can employee ownership preserve legacy businesses in communities of color? (long-form feature)

A diverse network of ‘place leaders’ launches in Boston

Boston city councilors eye pension fund divestment, reinvestment

‘Atlas of Inequality’ maps where rich, poor do and don’t mix

Making space for worship in the 21st century

Can employee ownership help preserve Durham’s legacy of black businesses?

Taking steps toward a community-controlled economy in Boston

Worker co-ops catch on in Philadelphia (long-form feature)

Fed tax credits, local dollars keeping Akron downtown lively

Eau Claire, WI has a plan to fight climate change, unlike governor

Boston vocational HS program opens multiple doors

Montreal’s iconic subway cars becoming creative spaces

Job training synced with child care gets Boston mothers into new careers

In two years, Boston goes from 5,000 questions to a 15-year plan

Outside Boston, park offers multi sensory experience for all

Risk-taking architecture for the playground set

Land trust network launches in Boston

COVID cast a light on health disparities: How will we prepare for the next pandemic?

Spotlight on police unions puts labor community in tough spot

City council examines admissions policy for Madison Park HS

Medical center partnership brings training, job opportunities to voc/tech students

Part of an age-friendly city: advocacy training for elders

Ujima Project launches community fund

Consumer scams proliferate, FTC urges caution

Community fights to save African Orthodox Church building

Coalition seeks solutions to work and childcare issues

Forum series examines racial wealth gap

Poor People’s Campaign puts focus on social issues

City councilor fighting discipline disparitiesreleases policy recs for schools

Business forum highlights economic inequality solutions

Report: MBTA is vital for economy, worthy of investment

Filling the gaps for Boston’s formerly incarcerated

A village of experts helps Dorchester baker grow her business

Ujima Project aims to put economic control in neighborhood hands

City seeks restaurateur tenant for prime Dudley Square space

Teacher-entrepreneur serves up fish in Uphams Corner

Ronnette Taylor-Lawrence charts a path from trades to entrepreneurship

Female entrepreneurs find woman-to-woman support

‘Memory Cafe’ takes aim at elder isolation, dementia concerns

Report charts persistent inequities in Greater Boston

Proposals are in for Roxbury Housing Innovation Competition

In Boston, who will bear burden of climate change? (sponsored by NAM Climate Change in Communities of Color Fellowship)

City studies changing Boston demographics

BPS open house highlights 10-year plan process

City teachers try to make do with fewer staff, supplies

Rev. Barber, in Boston, urges a moral lens on policy issues

Report shows Neighborhood Jobs Trust impact

Batter up! The BASE launches girls’ baseball program

Latinas Think Big forum tackles wealth gap

Advocates testify on millionaire tax

Local organizer shifts focus to transit equity

Home Funders sponsors ELI housing competition

BPS hires social-emotional learning expert

Bus Rapid Transit studied anew for Hub

Legislators advance racial profiling bills

Transit cost relief for Boston-area youth

Minority transit officials convene in Boston

JP, Roxbury elders feel effects of gentrification (sponsored by GSA/NAM fellowship)

Housing prices put squeeze on S. End, Chinatown elderly (sponsored by GSA/NAM fellowship)

When an elder loses a home (sponsored by GSA/NAM fellowship)

For older homeowners, it’s ‘buyer beware’ (sponsored by GSA/NAM fellowship)

For senior homeowners, repair costs loom large (sponsored by GSA/NAM fellowship)

Elder financial abuse a growing problem as population ages (sponsored by GSA/NAM fellowship)

Local AARP honors ‘nanas’ raising grandkids

Transit activists hopeful MBTA shutdowns will spur investment

Chinatown group forms land trust to fight gentrification

Mayors talk financial empowerment, inequality at UMass Boston forum

Program puts BPS students on path to Boston teaching jobs

Hundreds attend local Brother’s Keeper summit

Dismay, call to action after ‘sobering’ school report

Report details disparate educational outcomes for blacks, Latinos in BPS

Report shows Latinos underrepresented in local gov’t leadership

Coalition calls for wage guarantees for Roxbury construction projects

Roxbury workers stunned by hospital closure

Hub linkage fees fund $1 million in job training grants

Dorchester food production center expected to create 150 jobs

Mayor, Local Activists Break Ground on Roxbury Farm Plot

Family, Friendship Rule the Day at Roxbury Homecoming

Roxbury Forum Examines 1960s Anti-Highway Fight

Roxbury Neighbors Spar Over Affordable Housing

Dudley Square Retail Rents Rising as Area Undergoes Revitalization

Dudley Square Entrepreneurs Seek Retail Opportunities in Ferdinand Building

‘Inner City 100’ Honors Fastest-Growing Urban Companies

Mass Fair Housing Groups Receive $1.6 M from HUD

Melnea Cass Project Raises Resident Questions, Concerns

BUILD Preps Students for Entrepreneurship, College

Restaurants, Shops Anticipated for Ferdinand Site

Melnea Cass Blvd Redesign Plan Inches Forward

Protesters Demand More Local Jobs at Ferdinand Site

Cleaning Up Blue Hill Ave, Block by Block

City Council Hears Minority Contractor Issues

Volunteers Offer Help, Hope Amid Foreclosures

Developers Present Tremont Crossing Plans

City Seeks Strategies for Dudley Parking Woes

Jackson Square Project Officially Breaks Ground

Carrying the Momentum Forward – Rain fails to dampen Ferdinand celebration

Sweet! – Local baker to construct cake for Dudley groundbreaking

Ferdinand Design Proposal Mixes Old, New

City Seizes Buildings to Expand Ferdinand Project

City Council Honors Haley House – Resolutions praise food-based service model, transitional program for ex-convicts

Housing Activists Protest Award for Landlord Kargman

Journalist Chronicles Blacks’ Great Migration

Mayor’s Ferdinand Plan Stirs Hope for Dudley Revitalization

Mothers Unite to Transform Grief into Action

Science of Race – Museum of Science examines a social issue with a scientific lens

EPA’s Jackson strives to bring minorities to the table

Grand Opening for Thomas I. Atkins Apartments

Program Moves Homeless Families Out of Motels – but longterm housing stability still out of reach for many

Tenant Activists Rally to Keep Affordable Housing

The Boston Housing Authority Turns 75

First Lady Balances Work, Advocacy and a Little Campaigning – Profile of Massachusetts first lady Diane Patrick

State Initiative Offers Children Services

Groundbreaking Project Saved Affordable Housing


Making addiction treatment more appealing & effective for Black patients

Rapid ACCESS fills the gaps for patients with addiction

Building capacity to address obstetric racism

To address ‘Mass & Cass,’ transitional housing is crucial

How healthcare can and should make reparations to people of color

Safe housing is a pivotal determinant of health for transgender women

It’s vital to increase police understanding of autism spectrum disorders

Boston doctors say health equity metrics must be incorporated into hospital rankings

Prioritizing People with SUD for COVID-19 vaccination

The health consequences of family separation at the border

Drug surveillance systems need complete overhaul, expert says

‘Good intentions aren’t enough’: Forum examines root causes of COVID disparities

Healthcare leaders discuss institutional response to climate change

Protecting patients from energy insecurity requires universal screening

Tackling NICU breastfeeding disparities by meeting social needs

Integrating Social Determinants of Health screening into EHR

Exhale magazine

New Boston Society of Architects president renews old buildings and the planet

Expanding the Theater Experience – Profile of Diane Paulus, artistic director, A.R.T. (cover story)

Science Club for Girls Grows Up – Profile of Connie Chow, executive director

Strategy for Sustainability – Profile of Crystal Johnson, environmental strategist (cover story)

The Connector – Profile of Saran Kaba Jones, founder of FACE Africa

Playwright Lydia R. Diamond – Profile, Oct 2010 (cover story)

A Healing Art – Profile of Dr. Michele David, physician and quilt artist

You Gotta Fight! – Profile of Susannah Sirkin, Physicians for Human Rights deputy director

Bay Windows

For Teacher, Yoga is Part of a Lifetime in Public Health

South End News

Copley Expansion Project Approved

Local Residents Voice Opposition to Copley Project

Carter School Expansion Plans Inch Forward

Activist Kip Tiernan Remembered

Hearing Airs Questions on State Funding for Public Housing Repairs

Blackstone Program Helps English Language Learners


1 Response to About me / journalism portfolio

  1. Loved your article in the New York Times on parenting profiling First Teacher Boston!

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