Select features published on Instagram's editorial flagship and regional accounts:
Shot and produced Instagram stories including the first Instagram story with community advocate, @marniethedog. Worked closely with Instagram's creative lead to conceptualize and produce content for product launches and educational tutorials. The content drove product awareness and adoption (launches included ability to save Instagram Live, selfie-stickers and holiday stickers).
Creative portfolio available upon request.
Three-part series - Mashable, February 2018: This series examines what it means to live in exile because of a nuclear testing legacy and new challenges brought by climate change in the Marshall Islands. We also visit an unexpected home for those who leave the low-lying atolls.
The Exodus - Süddeutsche Zeitung, November 2015: This four-part, multimedia series examines the fragile independence of the Marshall Islands. Reported in the atolls and Arkansas, the series explores the confluence between the US nuclear testing era with the more immediate consequences of climate change: increasingly uninhabitable land, drought, frequent and intense typhoons and floods. An estimated 15,000 Marshallese reside in Arkansas, the largest diaspora on the mainland US. As many watch seasonal king tides flood living rooms back home, many are hesitant to return. In text, photos and videos, an emerging conversation around planned displacement, known to some as ‘migration with dignity,’ unravel in the memories of survivors of the nuclear testing era and voices of a younger generation.
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied in Philippines’ Maguindanao Massacre - The Committee to Protect Journalists, July 2015: Impunity in media killings across the Philippines has created a chilling effect on the work of journalists. Nearly six years after the Maguindanao massacre that killed 57 people, including 32 journalists and media workers, not a single suspect has been convicted. The lack of progress in investigating motives and prosecuting suspects in other cases compound the risks of reporting.
This dome in the Pacific houses tons of radioactive waste - and it's leaking - The Guardian and Süddeutsche Zeitung, July 2015: The Runit Dome in the Marshall Islands is a hulking legacy of decades of US nuclear testing. Now locals and scientists are warning that rising sea levels caused by climate change could cause 111,000 cubic yards of debris to spill into the ocean
Stories from quarantine: Reporters tested for radiation in the Marshall Islands - Public Radio International, April 2015: a team dispatch from reporting on climate change and the legacy of U.S. nuclear testing in Majuro and Enewetak Atoll.
Watch What Happens When a Photographer Secretly Taps into Public Surveillance Cameras - Mic News, November 2014: A review of the Open Society Foundation’s exhibit, “Watching You, Watching Me.”
What the U.S. Should Be Fighting Instead of the Islamic State - Mic News, November 2014: Analysis on U.S. foreign policy in Mexico.
To Ride Philippine Outsourcing Wave, a Contest of Brains and Beauty for Young Jobseekers GlobalPost, September 2014: Business is good for call centers hiring young talent, but most millennials are finding they are not qualified for the available jobs. This multimedia piece examines the challenges and solutions surrounding youth unemployment during record economic growth.
The Badjao of Zamboanga - Rappler, April 2014
Seven months since the Philippine military ended the deadly standoff against the Moro National Liberation Front, more than 64,000 people remain displaced in evacuation centers, bunkhouses and tent camps across Zamboanga City. The Badjao, a tribe with deep cultural and economic ties to the sea, are being moved inland.
Recovery Remains a Dream in Typhoon-Ravaged Philippines - Scientific American, March 2014
Five months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, bodies were still being found under debris in Tacloban City and rural towns where the most immediate needs are shelter and livelihood.
A Nation Battles a Tide of Desperation - ClimateWire, November 2013
Daryl Daño journeyed across the Philippines to rescue her elderly parents from the typhoon-torn central islands. Daño was one of the few civilians allowed to board the first U.S. KC-130 military aircraft to arrive in the capital of Manila as thousands of people streamed out of the disaster zones and into already congested cities.and livelihood.
Death and Damage Rise Steadily in Storm-Crippled Philippines - ClimateWire, November 2013
International aid relief began to mobilize in the Philippines, but experienced one of the greatest logistical challenges to set up and distribute aid to millions affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
An 'Overwhelmed' Philippines Grapples with Loss - ClimateWire, November 2013
Daunting efforts to assess the needs of the hard-hit areas of the central Philippines began as the world woke up to aerial photographs of devastated communities on the Saturday after Typhoon Haiyan unleashed maximum sustained winds of 195 mph and record storm surges that swept away thousands of homes.
Damage from Climate Change Goes Far Beyond Money in Developing Nations - Scientific American, October 2013
Multi-country studies have found that the residual impacts of climate stressors, including floods, sea-level rise and droughts, occur even though adaptation measures seem enough. Researchers also point to irreversible cultural and social impacts that could exceed monetary loss as a topic that should infuse climate negotiations this year and into the Paris talks in 2015.
Most of Manila Left Underwater as Record Storms Sweep Parts of Asia - ClimateWire, August 2013
A state of disaster was declared in parts of the northern Philippines as a monsoon and typhoon brought incessant rain in the region for three days, triggering mass evacuations and affecting more than one million people.
Precipitous Decline of Monarch Butterflies Linked to Habitat Loss in Midwest - ClimateWire, August 2013
Agricultural practices linked to pesticides and land development in the U.S. Midwest are contributing to the potential collapse of the migrating monarch butterfly population in North America.
How a Long-Forgotten Seawall Saved One Shore Town from Superstorm Sandy - ClimateWire, July 2013
A buried stone sea wall constructed more than a century ago helped protect New Jersey homes from Superstorm Sandy's record storm surge.
'Sky didn't fall' after British Columbia Lowered Income Tax, Dropped Fuel Use with Carbon Tax - ClimateWire, July 2013
British Columbia's carbon tax shift celebrated its fifth year since being launched in 2008 as an ambitious initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Any forms of carbon tax are a tough political sale in Canada and more so in the United States.
'Blessing the Facts,' Evangelical Scientists Urge Congress to Reduce Carbon Emissions - ClimateWire, July 2013
Evangelical scientists urged members of Congress to act on climate change in a letter calling for legislation to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment. The 200 signatories said that they aimed to bridge the gap between science and religion.
NO WAY OUT - Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, April 2013: An award-winning video documenting disability rights in New York City.
The New Global Journalism: A Report from Four Frontlines - International Newsroom, April 2013
A website dedicated to the analysis of new journalism trends in four countries – China, Syria, Mexico and Ethiopia – where ordinary citizens and digital journalists are dodging censors, reaching new audiences and breaking or amplifying otherwise underreported stories.
Twitter Triggers Tension Between Free Speech and Censorship - International Newsroom, April 2013
Twitter shuts down the account of the Somali militant group, Al-Shabaab, reigniting debate on censorship and Twitter's policing policy.
After Sandy, Hunts Point’s Low Lying Areas Struggle with Flooding - The BronxInk, October 2012
A dispatch on the first day after Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New York, focusing on the highly flood-prone location of the region’s largest food distribution center.
Braving the Currents in Agusan’s Floating Community - The Pulitzer Center, October 2011
In the Philippine region of Agusan del Sur, extreme weather is the norm. Severe flooding and rising river waters dictate a way of life for residents struggling to adapt to the unpredictability of water levels.
Dirt Bikes Emerge as Method for Timber Hauling - The Pulitzer Center, August 2011
Unregulated logging and deforestation persists in the Philippines where residents of Agusan del Sur make a living hauling timber by motorcycle.
Fishing for Survival: How a Global Market is Shaping One Island Community - The Pulitzer Center, June 2011
Remote islands of the Philippines search for new ways to implement sustainable fishing practices as overfishing and ocean acidification threatens food security in the country and region.