I’m a digital native experienced with crafting stories in a variety of formats on tight deadlines, using interviews, research and analysis to explain complex topics with a clear, conversational voice.
Focusing on pop culture, I talked with the likes of Trevor Noah, Desus & Mero, Kamasi Washington, Sharon Van Etten and The National as well as in-depth examinations of the success of ‘Game of Thrones’ and on-the-scene reporting from Comic-Con, a TV production shadowed by L.A.’s wildfires, and a comedy club that provides space for kids in need (and helped Tiffany Haddish). In addition to also covering breaking news, I also acted as the paper’s jazz critic and wrote the long-running column Overrated/Underrated, a timely, opinionated look at the week in entertainment that was syndicated around the country.
I’ve covered Hollywood with a broad range of profiles and critical reviews of some of the biggest shows on TV. And some I just liked a lot.
For over 10 years I followed my own beat as the L.A. Times jazz critic, but I reviewed and interviewed artists across the musical spectrum.
Here are some examples of literary criticism I’ve written for the L.A. Times, including works by Colson Whitehead, Chuck Klosterman and Geoff Dyer.
For 10 years I wrote a weekly column about all manner of entertainment, along with essay-length cultural criticism.