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I’m a digital journalist, reporting on women's and girls' lives. I've also worked at CNN and the Washington Post. My work brings together traditional reporting and storytelling on emerging platforms.

My work: 

It will tear our family apart': Voices of the immigration ban – this piece, published in the days right after the Executive Order was signed, is a series of vignettes, interviews, and audio featuring people directly impacted by the travel ban.

Scared and planning for the worst: Immigrants brace for deportation 
Amid ICE raids and deportations, scared immigrants – both documented and undocumented – are lining up at charities for advice on how to prepare. 

Coming of age in Trump’s era  – profiles of four teens who will grow up under President Trump: a Muslim girl who wants to be president; the son of Mexican immigrants who voted for Trump; a gay girl who thought about going back in the closet; a first-time swing state voter. 

A portrait of motherhood around the world
I sent 20 disposable cameras to women in 17 countries to capture what motherhood looks like around the world. I wanted to include women who might not have smartphones or access to social media, to see their worlds through their eyes. 

It's inappropriate to call Afghan women by their names. These women want to change that. #WhereIsMyName, a campaign that started on Facebook, is a literal challenge to get people to say Afghan women's names. 

Born in a refugee camp in Afghanistan, she's now flying around the world: Shaesta Waiz was born in a refugee camp in Afghanistan and was terrified of planes as a girl. Now, she's is flying around the world solo.
Life after loss: Seven widows share their stories of grief and survival: From a Syrian refugee to a military widow in the United States, these are stories of widowhood around the world.

Were the Olympics a success? What will their legacy be for Rio? Locals on their hopes and fears
In the weeks and months leading up to the Rio Olympics, the world nervously watched Brazil: It seemed unprepared, entangled in political and economic turmoil, struggling with an outbreak of Zika, all while security concerns increased. 
Can they search my phone?: A guide to your rights at the US border:  Can officers detain and question you? Ask for access to your phone or your social media profiles? What happens if you say no? 

An interview with Ibtihaj Muhammad, who made history as the first US Olympian to compete and win a medal in a hijab.
Voicemails from America: I asked Americans how they were feeling after the election and they left us more than 10,000 voicemails – I heard about fear and hope, from a trans woman who was afraid and a gay man who voted for Trump, from the daughter of illegal immigrants who wants a wall and a Mormon who voted for Clinton.

Ferguson, six months later 
We returned to Ferguson six months after the death of Michael Brown, to see what happened to the city after the protests, and after the national media's attention had moved on. 

Not my Mother's World: How the world of women in the workplace has changed across generations -- I conceived of and edited a series of interviews of women -- including Valerie Jarrett and Cathy Lanier -- about how the opportunities within the workplace have changed for women across generations. 

More stories: 

Love story -- this crowdsourced voicemail feature storytelling project of people's love stories. 
Refugee crisis: In Serbia, every shoe has a story
Love at first sight: A refugee and a border police officer
Four strangers texted one another during the State of the Union. This is what they had to say.
Post-Katrina, New Orleans residents show the face of beloved city through vibrant photo collages
Electronic surveillance under Presidents Bush and Obama -- this piece was part of the Post's 2014 coverage of the NSA
How the Supreme Court ruled on gay marriage
Timeline: Obama’s promise that people can keep their insurance
Here’s the first story the Washington Post ever wrote about Hillary Clinton. In 1969. 

More about my work: 

At CNN, I've covered the presidential campaign, the Olympics, and the impact of President Trump's policies on the ground. I've reported on immigration in the first months of Trump's presidency, covered the day in the life of an Olympic gold medalist on Facebook Messenger, Kik-ed a presidential debate, hosted and produced Facebook Live interviews with Olympic medalists and on the campaign trail, and more.

I also have launched and led editorial strategy for CNN on emerging platforms aincluding Facebook Messenger, LINE, Kik, Instagram, Instagram stories and Twitter Moments. I've shared in a Murrow Award and Webby for our social media coverage of the 2016 election. My project Love Story won an EPPY in 2016. 

I was the National Digital Editor at the Washington Post, where I reported and told national and political stories on social and digital platforms. I was part of the team that was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of the NSA. I launched the Washington Post on snapchat – one of the first major news organizations on the platform – to tell the story of the 2014 midterms. I was also one of the first journalists covering the 2016 primaries using Snapchat. My work also included rethinking user comments to tell the story of the 2013 government shutdown, using Yik Yak to cover the 2016 campaign, creating popular tumblrs built around voicemail storytelling and political archives; and much more.