About

vic_photoHello! If you’re looking for the quick and dirty lowdown on my professional experience, you’re in the right place.

I’m a writer, reporter, and editor who specializes in covering the environment and science. My stories have been published in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, Mother Jones, Audubon, Discover, The Christian Science Monitor, Archeology, California Lawyer, and PBS Frontline, among many other outlets.

I’ve contract edited stories for Scientific American Mind magazine, been a contributing editor for California Lawyer magazine, and associate editor for Plenty magazine.

I co-founded an innovative environmental news website in 2010 called Way Out West: Bay Area Green News that ran content for more than a year.

In 2013, I won an Azbee gold (western region) award for my in-depth feature on a Section 8 lawsuit and racial discrimination in southern California. In 2010, I was part of a team of reporters that won the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California Chapter Explanatory Journalism award for a package about the redevelopment of Treasure Island, published by San Francisco Public Press. I was also part of a reporting team that won the California Newspaper Association’s Public Service Award to a weekly with a circulation of 4,500 or less for a series about immigrant workers in West Marin, published by the Point Reyes Light newspaper in 2003.

The Nation Institute Investigative Fund and the Stark Investigative Grant supported my investigative reporting in Kenya in 2006, and I was a Mesa Refuge Resident in 2002.

I’m author of Animals and Plants of the Ancient Maya: A Guide, published by the University of Texas Press in 2002.

I received an M.S. in journalism in 2005 and an M.A. in science and environmental journalism in 2006 (Bollinger Scholarship) from Columbia University’s graduate school of journalism.