I am a national reporter based in New York City. I’ve written for The New York Times, Teen Vogue, Bustle, Columbia Journalism Review, Newsday, and many others. I cover disability, gender, politics, and culture. I write about a wide range of social issues within disability communities, including topics like family, education, relationships, gender dynamics, and policy. I’m also a speaker on living with a disability, inclusive feminism, and best practices for reporters covering disability issues.
I was trained as a journalist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Columbia University. At Columbia, I focused on investigative health care reporting, multi-platform design and photojournalism. After graduation, I published my master’s project on navigating the dating world for women with disabilities in The New York Times, where I’ve continued to write for the Well section.
I have extensive digital and on-the-ground reporting experience. I’ve written for amNewYork and Newsday, covering breaking news, crime, political rallies, local food trends, and pop culture. I also have experience interviewing politicians, celebrities on the red carpet and big names like George Takei, Grandmaster Flash, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. In 2016 and 2017, I was a lifestyle fellow with Bustle.com, where I covered sex and relationships, the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump’s administration, and identity politics.
I’m available to speak for podcasts, school lectures, panels, and other events. In February 2018, I was invited to speak on a panel about reporting on disability (inspired by my widely read CJR piece) at the New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) annual conference. In April 2018, as a Hearst Visiting Professional, I gave a series of guest lectures on finding story voices, writing with voice, and reporting on the disability beat at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Media & Journalism. Previously, I’d served as a panelist for the “Literary Citizenship: The Writer’s Identity” panel at AmpLit Fest in New York. I’ve also appeared as a guest on Enlightened-ish, She & Her, a southern feminist podcast (episode coming soon), and Bustle’s “I Want It That Way” podcast on sex and dating. Interested? Book me for your next event.
I grew up in Boston and eastern North Carolina, and would spend my summer breaks in Shanghai, China where my family is from. Besides English, I speak Mandarin and Shanghainese. Since birth, I’ve worn a tracheostomy (trach) tube that helps me breathe. My disability doesn’t affect my independence or my ability to be a journalist, besides giving me a passion for health care and human rights. My favorite TV couple is Lily and Marshall, but only after Lois and Clark. My notebook includes bits and pieces of poetry, random dialogue from overheard conversations, and the occasional light bulb idea.
About My Blog:
I’ve been blogging on and off since 2009, and it’s something that I always come back to. Blogging has not only given me an outlet of expression, but also a sense of community. I’ve created so many friendships through blogging that have lasted years. Over the years, my blog has grown and changed with me like any other part of my life.
I post new writing and lifestyle content a few times a month — mainly about journalism, creative writing, books, beauty and food. I also use the hashtag #DailyWings to share awesome quotes on my blog and on Twitter. I hope to inspire my readers to look for happiness everywhere.
Come join me on my adventures.