I’m an enterprise and investigative reporter who tells stories with words and sound. My work has been published in CityLab, OneZero, Fast Company, MIT Technology Review and it’s been heard on NPR, American Public Media’s Marketplace and other radio programs and podcasts.
These days I cover AI and data as senior reporter for Protocol, and throughout most of 2021 reported on Platforms, Data and Privacy for Digiday. I won a first place SPJ award in technology reporting for 2019.
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Recent Stories, Podcasts and Other Work
Saving Oregon’s Rocky Coast
A Multimedia Series for Jefferson Public Radio, 2021
Oregon’s rocky intertidal ecosystem is home to mussels and sea stars, Black Oystercatchers and bull kelp, each playing an important role in sustaining the health of its ocean and shores. But they face threats from the effects of climate change, marine heat waves, a steady stream beachgoers, even mysterious disease. In this special audio, video, photo and article series for Jefferson Public Radio, I take listeners to Oregon’s rocky shores – visiting with volunteers monitoring Black Oystercatchers, researchers surveying Gray Whales and kelp, a south coast ecotour guide, a north coast crabber and more – to illuminate the challenges affecting rocky intertidal habitats, how these proposals seek to address them, and what they could mean for Oregonians.
My work was enabled through a generous grant from the Society of Environmental Journalists. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at my reporting process.
City Surveillance Watch
A Limited Series Podcast, 2021
In City Surveillance Watch, a scripted podcast series I reported and produced for Smart Cities Dive, I explore the inherent dichotomy of data-hungry technologies that – while promising to make cities safer and more efficient – can also be considered forms of surveillance tech. Listeners travel across the country, digging deep into stories that illuminate how and why cities are using surveillance tech. They hear from people who oppose its use, from others who support it, and from those affected by these technologies every day. City Surveillance Watch is on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Spreaker or wherever you get your podcasts.
Banned in PDX
A Limited Series Podcast, 2020
I reported, narrated and produced this series tracking Portland’s groundbreaking facial recognition ban. Banned in PDX is available in Apple Podcasts, Spotify and on XRAYPod.com.
What Facial Recognition Pauses by Amazon, IBM and Microsoft Conveniently Left Out, Fast Company, June 2020
Amazon Is Fighting Against a Sweeping Facial Recognition Ban in Portland, OneZero, May 2020
Flawed Incomplete Smartphone Location Data Is Being Used to Fight COVID-19, Fast Company, April 2020
The Promise and Peril of Smart City Surveillance Tech in a Crisis, Fast Company, March 2020
Stalled in Portland, Replica Mobility Data Project Lacks Transparency, Fast Company, March 2020 (I won a Society of Professional Journalists First Place award for my reporting on Replica in Portland for Geekwire and here on RedTail.)
Cryptocurrency firm in Plattsburgh fights $1 million electric charge
North Country Public Radio, January 2020
Shuttered Factories Reborn as Data Centers
NPR’s Morning Edition, December 2019
New York Just Set a ‘Dangerous Precedent’ on Algorithms, Experts Warn
CityLab, December 2019
These Companies Claim to Provide “Fair Trade” Data Work. Do They?, MIT Technology Review, August 2019
Location Tracking and the Trouble with Opting In, Ad Age, October 2016
Does Tech Care about Portland Culture?, XRAY.fm, September 2016
In DC, Cambridge Analytica not Exactly Toast of the Town, Ad Age, August 2016 (Read all my coverage of Cambridge Analytica throughout the 2016 election here.)
The $24 Billion Data Business that Telcos Don’t Want to Talk About, Ad Age, October 2015
A Data Lab Rat in the Big City: Why Trackers Couldn’t Trap This City Dweller, Ad Age, October 2014
More Reporting that Isn’t about Tech
Sea Urchin Ranches Provide Uni While Protecting Kelp Forests, American Public Media’s Marketplace, October 2020
Amid Noose Investigation, Termination of Foremen “Should Be on the Table,” XRAY.fm, July 2020
Only Some Businesses Must Keep Customer Registries for COVID-19 Contact Tracing, XRAY.fm, June 2020
A Church’s Bold Move to Normalize Opioid Overdose Drug
WBFO, Buffalo’s NPR station, February 2020
Meat Raffles Aren’t Just about Meat in this New York Community, NPR’s Morning Edition, November 2019
Fred Cole, Dead Moon and the DIY Ethos of Portland Punk , XRAY.fm, October 2017
Campaign ’08: A Turning Point for Digital Media
Coupling my extensive research with information gleaned from campaign insiders, this 2009 book told the story of the most advanced political digital marketing campaigns in history.
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A Cookbook (Sort of)
The Punk Rock Kitchen Presents Cookie Chaos!
In 2004, I published a true labor of love (and kookiness). The Punk Rock Kitchen Presents Cookie Chaos! was my punk rock-themed cookie cook-booklet written under pseudonym Connie Sewer. This mini cookbook featured six original cookie recipes, each with a punk rock theme and suggested listening tune. It came with a copper electric guitar cookie cutter. Amazingly, people liked this ridiculous idea and over 800 were sold across the globe (with much thanks to Bitch Magazine).