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 be overlooked. 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 in the former Soviet Union. These experiences motivated me to pursue journalism as a career, particularly when it comes to covering underreported issues of social justice and the environment. I'm a writer at heart but love supplementing my pieces with photography and videos, along with public records and data journalism.
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 The New York Times, Vice News, The Christian Science Monitor and Religion News Service. In 2021, I completed a Master's program in Journalism and Near East Studies at New York University.
My interests include writing about the environment, religion and foreign affairs, topics that I've explored in Los Angeles, New York, Portland and Ohio as well as in Albania, Mexico, India and Kyrgyzstan. 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.
In my free time I love finding new places to hike and catching up on my endlessly expanding list of articles to read.