I’m living in New York now, after more than a decade of working in about 30 countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine and Kosovo. I’m now the press secretary for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
I started out in D.C., doing reporting for Talk Radio News Service. On Sept. 13, 2001, I enlisted in the U.S. military. I worked for five years as military journalist, assigned to a base in Tokyo and then a ship homeported in San Diego.
After freelancing across Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and the Balkans for a mix of international media outlets, I joined the U.S. Peace Corps and served for two years in Romania, focusing on media development. I left Eastern Europe to go work for a non-profit organization in South Sudan for about a year. I was in South Sudan for a historic turning point for the country — the first democratic elections in 24 years and the run-up to the referendum that made South Sudan an independent nation.
After about a year in Tampa doing social media and web management work for U.S. Central Command, I went to India for three months to study Urdu on a State Department scholarship. From India, I went onward to Afghanistan where I worked as a videographer for the U.S. special forces there. I traveled around the country to places like Sangin and Kandahar.
Among other projects over the years, I’ve completed an award-winning, nationally-aired, half-hour radio documentary on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a half-hour video documentary about sea turtle preservation screened at a film festival, a book (in Romanian) about journalism for students, and a multimedia presentation about a new radio station in south Sudan.
I served as chair of the Free Speech Radio News board of directors for a few years while also volunteering on the non-profit organization’s Hiring Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. I’ve got a Master of Arts in international relations from Webster University with Graduate Academic Honors (4.00 GPA). I also have a bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism from the University of Maryland University College.