Below are several samples of the topics I cover at Inside Defense. For a more extensive look at my portfolio at Inside Defense, click here.


Pacific Rebalance

Ships and Shipbuilding




(see more Inside Defense articles here)

The Afghan Dilemma: ‘Different guns, different uniforms, but it’s the same war’ (December 2012 – reported from Moscow on a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation journalism fellowship)

Why Washington and Moscow Still Don’t Trust Each Other (April 2013)

Rumors and Prejudice Plague Fukushima Farmers Two Years Later (March 2013)

What Happens to Libyan Oil After Qaddafi? (August 2011)

Child of Chernobyl, 25 Years Later (April 26, 2011)

  Below are several samples of the topics I covered while at National Journal. For a more extensive look at my portfolio while there, click here.  



(most of the below stories were reported from Japan in November through a program sponsored by the International Center for Journalists and funded by the US-Japan Foundation)

Energy Security

Energy and Politics

Profile Writing

Series on Months-Long Leadership Crisis at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

(see more National Journal articles here)

Encore Mag LA

(see more Encore Magazine articles here)

uchic-bookU Chic: The College Girls Guide to Everything: “FINALS: Fudge, I Never Actually Learned Squat”; “Using Summers Wisely” (April 2009)



Family News: “Bravo for bravery” ; “Midwives make childbirth safer”; “Got pet insurance?”; “Drink up, kids!” (September, 2008)

Kid Health: New cholesterol screening for children,”Surfing helps heal cystic fibrosis” (September 2008)

Family News: “100 years! Page Private School marks a milestone” ; “Nine Kids?”; “St. Mary’s goes IB!”; “Irvine – one of the 10 best places to live”; “Vote for veggies!”; “Angry mom vs. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory”; Reduce, recycle, win; “No teacher left behind” (August, 2008)

Family News: “Travel writing contest for kids”; “Summer reading buzz!”; “API scores are in!”; “Looking for a sitter? Mix it up!”; “The Irvine Co. awards 32 scholarships”; “Free riding lessons for military families”; “CARES safety harness takes off” (July, 2008)


Remarkable Women honored by NAWBO OC (July 30, 2008)

Boost Mobile Surfing Trials to be held in Huntington Beach (July 22, 2008)

Rally protests gas prices, credit card fees (July 03, 2008)

Diesel Down (June 30, 2008)

Lunch Review: Bistro 311 (June 19, 2008)




Reactor Shortfall Could Mean A Delay For Ohio Sub Program’s Lead Ship ($

paywall – April 2014)


Recent Posts

Choices and destiny

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Choices are the hinges of destiny.” – Pythagoras

When my mother was visiting this past week, we spent some time wandering by the monuments here in Washington and she posed a question I had never really thought to ask.

She wondered, in several instances, about how I ended up where I am today — in Washington, a journalist, with aspirations to work in foreign affairs. Am I passionate about foreign policy because my parents ensured I spoke Russian at home when I was growing up? Or because they taught me about my family’s history and culture? Did I end up in Washington because of my studies at Boston University and inspiration from some politically-astute professors? Would I still end up here eventually if I didn’t take a journalism job in Washington 4 years ago? What would have happened if I didn’t do all those things?

I’d like to think I would still find my way to where I belong . . .

It’s a tough balance believing in fate and simultaneously strongly believing that every life choice matters. As I struggle to make potentially life-altering decisions about my future right now, I have to think about both. As a self-starter and generally pushy human being, I know that getting what I want means making a path for myself even when there isn’t one already there. But a small part of me still knows that no matter what choices I ultimately make, I will end up where I need to be.

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