Hi! I’m a journalist currently working as the lead editor of Eater New York — a digital-only publication part of the national Eater network, covering restaurants and everything about the culture and business of dining out in NYC. I’m experienced in breaking news, investigations, identity writing, and lifestyle media, from service coverage about restaurants to lawsuit news.
In 2017, I oversaw the exclusive investigation about the alleged sexual misconduct of celebrity chef Mario Batali and the culture at his restaurants. I also pitched and hosted the first two seasons of Cult Following, a multi-platform Eater video series about restaurants that inspire obsession, and frequently appear on video, at live events, and in podcasts.
As a digital editor, I manage a team of five staff editors, reporters, and restaurant critics, plus a regular roster of photography, illustration, fact-checking, and writing freelancers. We publish as many as 12 blog posts, news stories, maps, features, and reviews daily — in addition to work on off-platform venues, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email newsletters. Under my leadership, Eater New York received around 4 million monthly pageviews on average in 2018, up from 3 million in 2017.
As a speaker, you can see me talking about race and food on the "Fried Rice" episode of David Chang's Netflix docuseries Ugly Delicious, and I’ve both moderated and been on panels about media, restaurants, diversity, sexual misconduct, and identity, including at 92Y and the New York Public Library.
My writing has appeared in New York, Esquire.com, the Atlantic's former news blog The Atlantic Wire, the Miami Herald, and papers across the country via the Associated Press. I previously worked as a reporter and photographer for now-defunct neighborhood news site DNAinfo in both Chicago and New York. I've covered everything from shootings and city council meetings to red carpets and viral sensations.
I grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, where I failed to develop a Southern accent, and I'm a graduate of Northwestern University, where I helped launch an alternative news and culture website called NU Intel. It pissed off a lot of people, but it turns out that's okay.