Freelance Journalist

Baltimore, Maryland


A Neighborhood Fights to Preserve an Urban Forest

Some of Baltimore's most beloved forests lie on private land. Development is always looming.
WYPR 88.1FM Link to Story

City school teachers in layoff limbo

Baltimore City Schools recently laid off 115 people. Meanwhile, they're trying to fill 200 vacancies.
WYPR 88.1FM Link to Story

Translating "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

The book's delight in wordplay and cultural parodies makes it a torment for translators.
Smithsonian Link to Story

The Best Way to Reduce Research Bias Is Hiding in Plain View

Blinding, a classic scientific tool to prevent bias, isn't as common as it ought to be.
Nautilus Link to Story

Fukushima: Trouble in Mushi Mushi Land

Japan's beetle kingdom tries to recover from the nuclear disaster.
Al Jazeera America Link to Story

Why does Japanese culture revere insects?

In Japan, beetles are pets and grasshoppers a delicacy. What's our problem in the West?

Can the West Overcome Its Entomophobia?

Andrea talks about her Aeon article on the Japanese reverence for insects.
Press Play with Madeleine Brand Link to Story

Panama Canal: Superhighway for Invasive Species?

The expansion of the Panama Canal may bring a new wave of invasives to the Gulf and East Coasts.
National Geographic Link to Story

Too Much Bull

An industry obsessed with breeding bigger, nastier bulls is putting children in harm's way.
SB Nation Link to Story

Todd Pierce: The Horse Preacher

Cowboy preacher Todd Pierce can tame a wild horse while delivering a sermon, among other talents.
Only A Game, NPR Link to Story

Blood Quantum

Dwindling bloodlines: Tribal membership systems threaten future of Native Americans.
High Country News Link to Story

Study: New Moms Don't Overshare on Facebook

Hate the endless stream of baby pictures on Facebook? An algorithm is to blame.


I am a freelance journalist with more than a decade of experience reporting for newspapers, magazines, and public radio. As former senior editor of the alternative weekly Baltimore City Paper, I've covered everything from politics to art. In other capacities, I've reported from settings ranging from a remote Indian reservation in northeastern Montana to a bug zoo in Japan. I graduated with honors from the Columbia University School of Journalism, where I focused on science and environmental reporting.



  • Fluent in Spanish