Journalism Portfolio

I’m a reporter, writer and photographer specializing in business, urbanism, climate change and the LGBTQ+ community. I tell a range of stories from news and features to profiles and long-form pieces. Check out and link to some of my published work below.

There Is Enough Food, Just Not Enough Food Access

YES! Magazine / Community fridge networks across the country are an important start—and symbol—in the work to make sure everyone has enough to eat.

The US city that has raised $100m to climate-proof its buildings

The Guardian / Ithaca has turned to private investors to help it decarbonize thousands of residential and commercial buildings.

The Outsiders

DigBoston / Kicked out of home and misunderstood by social service providers, homeless LGBTQ youth often have nowhere to turn.

A Small City Comeback, Interrupted

Bloomberg CityLab / As the pandemic takes a toll on local businesses, Troy, New York, is trying to hold on to its hard-won economic gains — and plan for a more equitable future. 

How the pandemic pushed me to go car-free

Bicycling Magazine / When my job became remote in March, I jumped at the opportunity to ride my bike for transportation.

Trees store carbon, but a wind farm produces power. Which is greener?

The Christian Science Monitor / Put up a wind farm or preserve the forest? New York has ambitious climate goals, but local opponents have their own ideas.

Is Coming Out To Your Grandparents Worth the Risk?

PBS Rewire / To a surprising degree, they often become allies — sometimes even more than parents.

I Never Expected to Bond with My Dad Over Real Estate, But Buying a House Brought Us Closer

Apartment Therapy / When I found myself living in a small city in upstate New York where I could afford to think about homeownership, my dad’s professional expertise was suddenly something I wanted to learn everything about.

Finding a Creative Way Around a Bad Highway

Bloomberg CityLab / Since the 1960s, an elevated stretch of Interstate 787 has blocked Albany’s Hudson River waterfront. To reconnect the city and the river, some offbeat workarounds are in order.

Table for One

Albany Business Review / Vic Christopher and Heather LaVine built a hospitality empire together. To keep it growing, though, it was time for one of them to leave.

As A Queer Boy Scout, Coming Out Felt Like Crossing A Line

HuffPost / “I never expected to share a moment like this with any of my Boy Scout friends.”

The Problem With ‘Climate Havens’

Bloomberg CityLab / Should cities billed as climate refuges prepare to welcome newcomers displaced by extreme weather, or focus on reducing their own carbon footprints to stave off the worst effects of global warming? 

Why Focusing On the Small Things Is Distracting You From Financial Progress

PBS Rewire / Stop worrying about your morning coffee, and focus on big wins.

Coke and Pepsi eye new sustainability goals after years of failed promises

Fortune / Increased pressure from investors and customers has led to more ambitious goals for reusable and refillable packaging.

No Longer Underground

Adirondack Explorer / A museum that chronicles the history of slavery and abolition in the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain region is bringing a largely forgotten period to light.

Plugging into Amazon’s fleet electrification strategy

GreenBiz / When Ross Rachey set out to electrify Amazon’s fleet of last-mile delivery vehicles a few years ago, he thought it would be a matter of matching the company’s needs to the right vehicle on the market. It was not that simple.

The work to turn pride into power

Albany Business Review / LGBTQ employees say companies should be more inclusive about who leads and has influence. They say doing so will help the region find and retain talent. / Published alongside this profile of queer attorney Marissa Wiley, as well as a personal column.

Adirondack forest health reaches cutting crossroads

Albany Times Union / Climate change has hastened the need for a public-private solution for sustainable harvesting.

High speed rail in New York would cost billions. Is it worth it?

Albany Business Review / To decide on the right transportation solution, we first need to decide on the goal.

Young investors see promise in becoming a Troy landlord

Albany Business Review / Young people are being drawn to the upstate New York city of Troy by more than the region’s most popular farmer’s market. They’re chasing affordable real estate and the prospect of becoming landlords in a booming market.

Why Stewart’s didn’t build upstate’s biggest car charging network

Albany Business Review / They had a plan to dramatically expand electric car charging infrastructure in upstate New York. Here’s why it didn’t happen.