As a journalist, I set out to tell stories, not just report facts. I aim to cover the issues no one else is covering and amplify the voices of people who would otherwise remain silent. I have a passion for local feature and investigative reporting as well as environmental and international coverage.
I was born and raised in the Bay Area of California to a family of Russian immigrants who told stories of media censorship and poor living conditions in the former Soviet Union. These experiences motivated me to pursue journalism as a career, particularly when it comes to reporting on social issues and speaking truth to power through investigations.
I graduated from the University of Southern California in 2019, where I got my start as a journalist at USC's independent student newspaper, the Daily Trojan. I've held internships with Reuters, USA TODAY and The Oregonian and freelanced for media outlets including LAist and Religion News Service. In the fall of 2019, I began a dual Master's program in Journalism and Near East Studies at New York University.
My interests include writing about the environment, government accountability and foreign affairs, topics that I've explored in Los Angeles, New York and Portland as well as in Albania, Mexico and India. I am fluent in Russian, speak working Spanish and am developing my Arabic skills after a semester abroad in Amman, Jordan, where I studied Middle East politics, culture and history as well as language.
I'm a writer at heart but love supplementing my pieces with photography, videos, graphics and social media. Over the years I've worked to gain familiarity with public records and incorporate data journalism into my reporting.
In my free time I love finding new places to hike and — believe it or not — reading the news.