I report on science, medicine, and people from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I studied journalism at UBC Vancouver, science communication at UC Santa Cruz, and social and political psychology at UC Santa Barbara.
Cameroon’s Vicky Brown can forge even the wonky issue of community forestry into a potent rallying cry that packs dance floors. His songs support the Baka peoples— indigenous to the Congo basin forests—who lack equal access to education, land ownership, and the justice system within Cameroon. The Baka’s common political demands — translated into beats and rhymes in French and English that also connect with Cameroon’s urban population — are uniting the Baka and putting pressure on the country’s elites to respond.
Part of my work for Cut – an international reporting project looking at the $30 billion trade in illegal wood. Our site won a 2013 Canadian Online Publishing Award for video and multimedia reporting, in competition with the Toronto Star, Canadian Press, and La Presse