I came to MEL in early 2017 to help develop the brand voice, vision and operations. Within one year, we were able to triple traffic, staff, and make the case for investing in our own website. Now, in addition to daily editorial direction, I focus on long form features, investigative work, and special issues/projects.
Special issues & Projects:
WE ARE TRYING TO BREAK YOUR HEART
Introducing the Heartbreak Issue, our celebration of love lost.
THE TEEN BOY IN 2017
Our yearlong investigation into the life and times of the American teen male.
OUR SUMMER BODY ISSUES
Because let’s be brutally honest, we all have body image issues — especially in summer.
Whether they’re actual brawls, spats between couples, battles behind the wheel or fights against the status quo, our interest is immediately piqued when we see people going at it.
From getting it, to eating it, to having it, welcome to Ass Week, MEL’s weeklong exploration of the body part du jour.
THE MANLIEST MAN THINGS EVERY MAN SHOULD OWN TO BE A MANLY MAN
From fuzzy dice to swiss army knives, the cultural history of objects deeply connected to masculinity.
Our summer reading list of books your should absolutely never read.
CAN MEN SHARING THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH ABORTION MAKE IT A BETTER EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE?
An uncomfortably honest and comprehensive guide for men about supporting your partner — and yourself — through an abortion.
THE ‘JIHOTTIE’ WHO STOLE HER HEART
Was he merely an ISIS plant meant to radicalize her to join the fight in Syria? Or was he the attractive, conflicted fighter she believed him to be? The inside story of one Indian woman’s online love affair with an ISIS fighter.
WHEN YOUTUBE RED-PILLS THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE
What it's like to watch, terrified and helpless, as your partner becomes radicalized by hate on the fringe right.
THE DOOMSDAY PREPPER’S TIME HAS FINALLY COME
But what kind of world will we find ourselves in after the shit hits the fan? Dispatches from a survivalist convention.
THE PERFECT IRONY THAT ‘THE WOLF OF WALL STREET’ FILM WAS ALSO A REAL-LIFE SCAM
How Leo got caught up in a money-laundering scheme that screwed the Malaysian people out of billions.
THE TRANS MEN WHO GET ABORTIONS
Pregnancy is still believed to be something only a woman will experience, but trans men and non-binary people get pregnant too.
I was the deputy editor of Fusion’s Real Future vertical, the brain-child of Editor-in-Chief Alexis Madrigal that was focused on deep, enterprise reporting about technology.
HOW AN INTERNET MAPPING GLITCH TURNED A RANDOM KANSAS FARM INTO A DIGITAL HELL
The residents of the Taylor property have been treated like criminals for a decade. And until I called them this week, they had no idea why.
THIS IS WHAT IT WILL BE LIKE TO PROTEST IN 2020
When the state is watching your every move.
THE 104-YEAR-OLD BLOGGER WITH A CULT FOLLOWING
Is Dagny Carlsson single-handedly keeping the dying art of blogging alive?
The online home for “magical” 30-something male virgins
At Medium, I helped create original content that modeled best behavior for users of the platform. I also developed the editorial components of key site functions, such as collections, curation, and the homepage, and was a part of the first digital team to win a National Magazine Award in the prestigious reporting category.
THE MEN ISSUE
What is actually going on with men, right now? What are they afraid of and unwilling to talk about? How do the inner lives of men affect women, other men, our culture?
LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX-ED
Sex ed needs a refresh. If you could write a letter to your teenage self explaining what you wish you had known about sex back then, what would you say?
HOT GIRLS’ HOT TAKES ON HOT GIRLS WANTED
A roundtable discussion between Alana Massey, Charlotte Shane, and Lori Adorable about the new Netflix documentary on pro-am porn.
I CALL THIS LOOK
My series — an exploration of fashion, performance and personality, brought to your inbox every morning for two weeks — inspired users to create their own “looks” and resulted in the platform’s first and most popular meme.