I’m a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times covering the issues of housing affordability and neighborhood change across California. I began working at the Times in 2016. Prior to my current role based in Los Angeles, I spent nearly four years writing about state politics and policy in the Times’ Sacramento bureau.

My passion is trying to uncover and solve the big problems that affect daily life in neighborhoods, particularly those in communities policymakers typically neglect.

Before joining the L.A. Times, I spent six years at Voice of San Diego, a nonprofit news site, where I led the organization’s investigative efforts. I also have regularly written and contributed to breaking news and feature stories for the New York Times, the Washington Post and The Atlantic. I’m a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington D.C. And I grew up in Philadelphia, which means I have a giant chip on my shoulder.

Some of my interests include good food and drink and reading and learning Spanish. I may or may not dance around my house when no one’s looking, and sometimes when people are.