I currently cover health care policy and process at Inside Health Policy in Arlington, Virginia, where I landed in December 2014. My beat spans Congress; the White House; Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor; U.S. Supreme Court; Healthcare.gov; 14 state health insurance marketplaces; state governments; insurance, drug and related industries; think tanks; advocacy organizations; 2016 presidential candidates and other health reform stakeholders. The Affordable Care Act has defined American health and politics since its inception — and I’m right there with it. The job never gets old, I never get bored, and my own passion for learning and explaining only deepens with time.
Before joining Inside Washington Publishers’ health group, I was an education reporter at The Frederick News-Post in Maryland, a general assignment local reporter for The Washington Post, a multimedia producer for Agence France-Presse, a D.C. correspondent for The Durango Herald in Colorado, in the Brookings Institution communications office and more. (I fold a mean pair of pants after a summer at Gap.)
I graduated cum laude from American University in D.C. in 2013. While at AU, I won multiple national awards for my work as an editor and senior staff writer at The Eagle.
Journalism was my career major; international studies was my fun major. My expertise is in global security, counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, regional issues in the Middle East and south Asia, and military policy (but that’s just scratching the surface of things that excite me). When I need a break from the challenges and achievements of Obamacare, I turn to my guilty pleasure of books and articles on current foreign and strategic affairs.
I now call Washington, D.C. home, after a childhood in Flushing, Michigan and stints in Haifa, Israel and Frederick, Maryland. If I ever manage to leave the office, you can find me reclaiming my love of running, embracing my inner foodie, scoping out good local bands, finding a mountain to hike, becoming much too invested in Netflix and thinking I’m funnier than I really am.