my writing


I was a digital arts intern with NPR in Washington, D.C. from January to April 2013. As part of a small but hard-working team, I helped edit, crop and push out NPR's considerable arts and life reporting into the digital realm. I also ran the @NPRMovies Twitter account and occasionally produced original features for NPR's pop culture blog, MonkeySee.

"What It's Really Like - Keeping Calm During Breaking News" (NPRInterns, April 18, 2013)

"An Open Letter To Backseat Babies Everywhere" (This is NPR, April 12, 2013)

"The Downside of Flexibility: A Plea For Must-See TV At A Must-Watch Time" (NPR's MonkeySee, April 11, 2013)

"Best Original Song, Least Original Category" (NPR's MonkeySee, Feb. 22, 2013)

"'Dry Bones'? Hardly — There's Still Life in Detroit" (NPR Books, Feb. 13, 2013)



For six months in 2012, I was a member of the Carnegie-Knight Foundation's News21 investigative reporting project, Who Can Vote?, which focused on national trends in voting rights and ballot access in the lead up the November 2012 election. Our reporting and research on voter fraud was published and cited in the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer,, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. My personal contributions to the project included managing the group's social media and blogging outreach projects, and co-reporting and writing a story on minority ballot access and photo voter ID laws in the states of the former Confederacy.


The Wall Street Journal | Speakeasy

In the summer of 2011, I was an intern for the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog, a site dedicated to media, entertainment and the arts. I was in charge of the site's social media presence, and wrote original posts and stories for the paper's web and print editions. I continue to occasionally contribute stories and columns.


"Sex, Privilege and Change at Mitt Romney's Old School" (May 10, 2012)

"Hiding Out in California" (June 28, 2011 WSJ Print Edition, Greater New York)

"When Mozart Moves In Next Door" (July 27, 2011,

"Seven Alternative Summer Movies" (June 18,

"'Hair' Celebrates Same-Sex Marriage With On-Stage Weddings" (July 26, 2011,

"'The Future' Looks at When Love Turns Stale" (August 4, 2011,

"Fired? Quitting? How to Write a Goodbye Email" (August 2, 2011,


The Daily Tar Heel

During my four years at The Daily Tar Heel , The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's student-run daily newspaper, I served as a features writer, assistant features editor, study abroad columnist, arts editor, senior writer and senior editor at large. 


As Arts Editor

"Arts Innovation Steering Committee searches for focus" (November 22, 2010) 

"Planning the future" (November 9, 2010)

"Passion Pit homecoming concert sells out at UNC" (November 1, 2010)

"Medlin launches artistic legacy" (October 19, 2010)

"Ackland Art Museum shows Warhol's Art" (October 3, 2010)

"UNC steering committee to release first public draft of new academic plan" (September 28, 2010)

"Facebook movie packs union" (September 14, 2010)

"Five years of Kang" (August 23, 2010)


(I also covered the new UNC Academic Plan for more than two years. Check out a collection of some of my pieces on the plan here.)


As Study Abroad Columnist

"Not much 'lost' in Paris this generation" (April 15, 2010)

"Speak French? No right answer" (March 14, 2010)

"Baobab trees, red tape — c'est la vie" (January 24, 2010)


As Senior Writer

"University Square plans lack money" (November 11, 2009)

"Money woes will force UNC to set priorities" (November 6, 2009)

"Academic plan will outline priorities" (November 5, 2009)

"Fixed-term faculty role is hazy" (September 22, 2009)

"UNC weighs more tuition hikes" (September 8, 2009)

"Carolina North plans shift" (August 24, 2009)


History Undergraduate

My senior history thesis, "'Too Real to be Funny': Social Protest and Cultural Memory Through Four Post World War II American Operas, 1934-1954," was one of two senior theses to receive the highest honors distinction from the UNC Department of History. It covers twenty years of American opera history and features original archival research from the Library of Congress, the Yale Music Library and the Wisconsin Historical Society's Archives. You can read a copy of that thesis here.


My essay, "No More Traipsing Through the Peanut Fields: Jimmy Carter, Campaign Advertising and the Failure of 1980," was published in the spring 2011 issues of both the Yale University and Ohio University Undergraduate History Journals. You can read a version of that essay here.


Should Does

I'm also a proud and ongoing contributor to Should Does, a Chapel Hill-based online literary community that provides a home for original fiction, essays, poetry and art. This collaborative group of fine young writers is graciously sponsored by Carolina Creates, and gives me an opportunity to both write and edit with some dandy literary-minded denizens.


La Jeune Politique

I wrote words, posted tweets and pondered Facebook posts as Community Manager for La Jenue Politique / The Atlantic Telegraph, an English-language site that covers French political news. It's run by a group of current and recent college undergrads who, as Friends of La Francophonie, believe there's room for a little more depth in the way the English press covers French news.