I began my career as a music journalist, and have for years written about art and design; I also cover politics and sustainability. But I've also written on a diversity of topics: travel, food, guerilla theater, bluegrass music, carnivorous plants. As a reporter, I excel at getting inside my subject, writing about it from a fresh perspective.

recent reporting

  • The Last Bookstore is a cool steampunk bookstore in downtown LA!  listen 
  • I interviewed and co-produced a segment about musician Eleni Mandell for KQED's "California Songs" series.  listen
  • My preview of the sci-fi thriller "Elysium" stirred up the villagers at Boing Boing!  more
  • For Make magazine, a feature about Stupid Fun Club, an amazing Bay Area toy company.  more
  • I'm researching men's gatherings. Are you a man? Please take my 10-minute Men's Survey.  more
  • My radio story about LA's newly-synchronized signal lights ran on "The California Report."  listen
  • Here's a sweet holiday piece I did for KQED about karaoke nights at a Skid Row church in Los Angeles.  listen
  • For "The California Report," I found a hidden gem: LA's Chavez Ravine Arboretum.  listen
  • When The Other Side — the last gay piano bar in Silver Lake — closed, I reported on it for KQED Public Radio.  listen
  • Here's a link to my radio segment about helicopter noise in Los Angeles.  What??!  listen
  • A quickie for Boing Boing about the world's best-known street artists appearing on an episode of "The Simpsons."  more  ep 501
  • A piece on KQED Public Radio about apprenticeships for at-risk teens in Los Angeles.  listen
  • Fun, quick radio hit about L.A.'s famous Soap Plant/Wacko store.  listen
  • My profile of "True Blood" music supervisor Gary Calamar.  listen
  • For 12 years, I was a contributing editor at Print, the award-winning visual culture and graphic design magazine.  more
  • How GPS's make it tough to live near the Hollywood sign.  listen
  • Street art in Los Angeles (and at the MOCA!).  listen
  • More for KQED's "California Report":  ali  99c  dave alvin  stickers  glendale narrows
  • I spoke to undergraduates at Loyola Marymount University about 21st century design.  about
  • For Preservation, I wrote about L.A.'s strange, amazing Watts Towers.  more
  • I profiled two designers — Always With Honor and Mikey Burton — for an issue of Print.  more  even more
  • I covered the reopening of the Angels Flight funicular for KQED.  listen  more
  • My Google Building Maker story appeared in a 2010 issue of Make.  about
  • I wrote about 10 years of graphics for Print magazine: "A Brief History of Design, 1999-2009."  more
  • I hosted a "Pop Perversity: Parody and Comics in Art" panel at Comic-Con.  about
  • For two years, I moderated the graphics competition for I.D.'s Annual Design Review.  2009  2008
  • The California Report ran my story about helper dogs trained to sniff out vineyard pests.  listen
  • The Austrian-Irish painter Gottfried Helnwein posted my Artweek review of his work on his website.  more