I spent most of my time at Medium building, editing, and experimenting with social journalism inside the award-winning publication, Matter. First as Managing Editor and later as Senior Editor, I produced deeply engaging stories about the worlds we live in now—both physical and online—and the issues that matter most to our generation.
Fun fact: I’m a sucker for bizarre subcultures and otherworldy mysteries. Which is probably why I was so drawn to the story of this terrifying disorder which turns people into zombies. So, if you’re like me — or if you watch The Walking Dead — you’ll enjoy this fascinating piece by Erika Hayasaki about people who believe they are dead.
"The idea is to provide a group of classy high-femme straight girls with a fully clothed, light-submissive Chippendale. A stripper who doesn’t strip. Well, great. I’ve always wanted to not fuck James Bond." Julieanne Smolinski explores San Francisco's latest startup, ManServants, which promises "what women really want."
For our We The T! series on transgender issues, I asked writer Francesca Mari to tell the complex, modern love story of a gender-fluid couple. This one begins at a bar in Dallas and flourishes in a budding LGBTQ enclave in the Texas capital. As their relationship grows, Jeannot transitions to Johnny, leaves their husband, and embarks on a new journey of self discovery.
In addition to editing longform narratives at Matter, I also commissioned and produced multi-part series, packages, and mini-issues on a variety of timely issues, from police brutality to sex education and everything in between.
In the summer of 2015, after another brutal summer of police shootings, I commissioned this letter series (originally sent via email) between a retired SF cop and a local teen whose cousin had been shot to death by police. Over the course of two weeks, the pair conducted a thoughtful dialogue about the flaws in America’s police system, what needs to change, and how to do it. What was unique about this conversation was that it wasn’t just between two people—dozens and dozens of thoughtful readers asked questions of Carl and Jessica, and the pair engaged them in weeks of conversation. (Scroll to the bottom of each post to read the next response and the audience dialogue.)
This series took a nuanced approach to America’s problem with sex education: I asked five authors (Anna Pulley, Hanif Abdurraqib, Charlotte Shane, Anna Fitzpatrick, and Alana Levinson) to write letters to their teenage selves about what they wish they had known about sex and relationships back then that they know now. What was unique about this series: it didn’t just elicit responses; it inspired participation. The audience read these exposing, honest, tender letters and then wrote exposing, honest, tender letters of their own.
Money remains one of our biggest taboos — bigger than sex — and yet we spend more time earning it, spending it, and thinking about it than almost anything else. We wanted to know what was truly behind people's seemingly effortless lives. So, in this series, we asked people to talk honestly, and realistically, about their relationship to money.
We The T!
In the fall of 2015, I co-produced a timely month-long series about transgender issues, which, unlike other mainstream media outlets, let the trans community speak for itself. Partnering with writer Meredith Talusan, and other members of the trans community, we created an inclusive project that made the trans identity visible and heard on the national stage.