I am a reporter and editor with expertise in health, policy, global affairs, and technology. I specialize in writing and editing feature stories for print and online. This is what I've been working on.
Public health, health policy, and psychology

Public health, health policy, and psychology

I've been a writer and editor on The Atlantic's Health channel since November 2013, writing one or two stories per day.
Reporting for the Washington Post

Reporting for the Washington Post

I post multiples times per week on our On Small Business blog while also writing for the Sunday business section and our Monday business paper, Capital Business.
Health blogging for Forbes

Health blogging for Forbes

I’ve been blogging on the intersection of women’s health, politics and pop culture for Forbes.com.
LA Times: Employers tell workers to get a move on

LA Times: Employers tell workers to get a move on

My May 15 article for the LA Times: Concerned about sedentary jobs, many offices find ways to add exercise to the workday. Some see it as an investment in workers’ healthcare. May 15, 2011 | By Olga Khazan, Special to the Los Angeles Times Between the sheet-cake birthday parties and...
Reporting on money in politics

Reporting on money in politics

As a News21 fellow, I’m involved in a semester-long project on money in politics. As part of it, I’ll be writing regularly for KCET, an independent LA news organization. So far, I’ve covered: The strange bedfellows when it comes to opposing healthcare reform The anti-EPA congressional Republicans, and what climate...
What's Behind LA's Foreclosure Crisis?

What’s Behind LA’s Foreclosure Crisis?

It’s not exactly surprising that much of California, including L.A., has been ravaged by foreclosures. What is surprising is that many of the homeowners who are now facing foreclosure were originally targeted for subprime loans because of their race. What’s more, many trouble homeowners are now unable to secure mortgage...
PTSD in Urban High Schools: Huffington Post

PTSD in Urban High Schools: Huffington Post

Today my article on post-traumatic stress among Crenshaw High schoolers was picked up by the Huffington Post.
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Assorted Atlantic Stories

Assorted Atlantic Stories

Before I was a health writer, I edited and wrote for the Atlantic’s online Global section. Here are a few stories from that time: The Secret to Finland’s Success With Schools, Moms, Kids—and Everything The Creepy, Long-Standing Practice of Undersea Cable Tapping More Vacation Doesn’t Always Mean Happier Workers
Education stories for the Washington Post

Education stories for the Washington Post

I recently wrote a number of stories for the education section of the Washington Post: Charter school known for rigor comes to D.C.  [B1] Most school leaders say they strive to reach high standards. A public charter school has arrived in the District with a distinctive brand of academic rigor. Sixth-graders at the school, Basis...
The Way We'll Live Next: Near Airports?

The Way We’ll Live Next: Near Airports?

[From KCRW] Of the many complaints often made about airports – the lines, the body scans, the baggage fees – one you don’t hear every day is that airports aren’t close enough to our houses. After all, LAX is across the city from downtown, necessitating a well-planned shuttle ride, an expensive cab or a kind...
Industry-Backed Congressional Reps Target EPA

Industry-Backed Congressional Reps Target EPA

[From KCET] With the federal government looking for places to cut spending, Republicans in Congress seem increasingly intent on targeting climate legislation. The GOP-controlled House just last week passed a budget that would, among other things, greatly limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases. And recently, Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and John...
Will Revolving Door Staffers Influence Planned Parenthood Funding?

Will Revolving Door Staffers Influence Planned Parenthood Funding?

[From KCET] With its federal funding already threatened and congressional budget negotiations still under way, Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides health care and abortions at reduced prices, faces an uncertain future. The organization came under fire last month with a House budget proposal that would have withdrawn its federal funding. Although the Senate defeated...
Can Social Networks Save Lives?

Can Social Networks Save Lives?

“Imagine you were stricken with boils all over your body, you were in the hospital, you were alone, you were in terrible pain, and life had lost all of its fun.” Depression takes people to that place emotionally.
The Newest Web Site

The Newest Web Site

I just finished designing a site about the immigrant experience in Los Angeles
Review of Maira Kalman for KCRW

Review of Maira Kalman for KCRW

Maira Kalman doesn’t need much to create art, because she finds art in everything she sees.
Behind Santa Susana's Toxic Legacy

Behind Santa Susana’s Toxic Legacy

"This was gonna save the day. This was gonna beat the Russians."
My Article on Obama's Rhetoric on NBC

My Article on Obama’s Rhetoric on NBC

My article analyzing the words President Obama used during his speech at USC was picked up by NBC Los Angeles.
A smattering of South Africa

A smattering of South Africa

In Cape Town I was working for News24.co.za, the largest news site in South Africa. While I was there, I wrote a few health pieces for the Health24 section (which is an MSN partner), mostly on World-Cup related themes:
Locked Up in Iran

Locked Up in Iran

An editorial published in the Washington Post while I was working for Physicians for Human Rights in Washington: Roxana Saberi’s detention and trial ["U.S. Journalist Held in Iran Faces Charges of Spying," news story, April 9] are a tragic example of human rights violations that have become the norm in Iran. In a similar case, the...