I’m a writer, photographer, and video journalist who has covered politics and society in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. My journalistic work has spanned a broad set of issues, including conflict reporting in Ukraine during the Russian invasion in 2022, coverage of the 2019-2020 protests in Beirut, reporting on the Syrian refugee crisis in the Levant, and coverage of the Poland-Belarus migrant crisis in 2021. As a freelance journalist reporting on Ukraine, Lebanon, Iraq, Poland, Turkey, and the US, I’ve always made human stories and experiences the focal point of my work.
After working at several newsrooms across the US including Business Insider, I started freelancing in spring of 2018, and I’ve split most of my time since then between Beirut, New York City, and Warsaw. While based in Poland, I reported on the migrant crisis along the Belarus border in 2021, and took a reporting trip to Ukraine in 2022 to report on refugees fleeing the conflict, the impact of war on Ukrainian cities, and war crimes perpetrated by Russian forces in the Kyiv area. While in Beirut, I’ve covered sectarianism, militia politics, energy issues, Palestinian and Syrian refugee communities, terrorism, economic development, criminal justice, social movements and more in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere. My freelance work has appeared in a variety of outlets including Foreign Policy, Vox, Al Jazeera English, The Daily Beast, Euronews, Al-Monitor, Middle East Eye, Business Insider, The New Arab, and others. I have produced video pieces for Al Jazeera English and Retro Report, in addition to photo essays for Middle East Eye.
I graduated with a B.A. degree in History from the University of Chicago in 2017, having concentrated on the modern Middle East. In May of 2021, I earned a Master of Science degree from Columbia University’s Journalism School in New York City, where I covered a range of beats including alternatives to policing, housing insecurity during COVID-19, right-wing reactions to pandemic restrictions, and politics in Turkey and Iraq.