I cover the Congo for Reuters out of Kinshasa. I was previously based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where I wrote about West African politics, economics, sports and just about everything else for The Economist. My work has also been published by The New York Times, the Associated Press, The Nation, Slate, Mother Jones, GlobalPostThe National and Rolling Stone Middle East. I was a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee in Madagascar in 2013-2014 to report on the effects of aid cuts following the country’s 2009 coup d’etat. I got my start in journalism as an intern at The Nation and Mother Jones (of “47%” fame) and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2011, where I wrote a thesis on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and pissed off a bunch of people on my way out. Before West Africa, I reported for more than a year from Cairo. Oh yeah, and I’m hostile environment-trained (for those of you wondering…)

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