I'm an investigative journalist, and my specialty is following the money. I’m currently a senior investigative reporter and editor at Sludge, a money-in-politics news site. Previously, I was part of the investigative unit at International Business Times, where we won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business award for our coverage of the 2017 Republican tax bill. You can see my work for IBT here.
I got my start researching and reporting on campaign finance in North Carolina state politics at the Institute for Southern Studies in Durham, NC, and its online magazine, Facing South. Now in Brooklyn, NY, I use data-heavy research as I cover underreported topics such as Charles Koch's donations to higher education, the money driving anti-LGBTQ laws and the fight against distributed solar energy.
My stories have appeared at more than two dozen publications including The American Prospect, BillMoyers.com, DeSmog, Exposed by CMD, Facing South, The Guardian, The Nation, Newsweek, Rewire, Salon, The Young Turks, Truthout, and Vice. I've discussed my work on TV and radio, with appearances on Georgia Public Broadcasting, The Big Picture with Thom Hartman, The Thom Hartmann Program, The Real News Network and Time Warner Cable News.
In addition, my research and reporting have been featured in The New York Times, Esquire, Bloomberg, The Atlantic, National Journal, Salon, Jacobin, Media Matters, Harvard Political Review, The Raleigh News & Observer, Triangle Business Journal, The Charlotte Observer, Greensboro News & Record, and the Wilmington Star-News, among other publications.
I earned a Bachelor's in music from Brown University and Master's and PhD degrees in music composition from Duke University, where I fused contemporary classical with electronic dance music. I wrote my dissertation on this marriage of genres after research fellowships in Berlin and London.