The Basics

I’m a journalist, writer, advocate, and educator, based in Reno, Nevada.

My main gig since 2013 is at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where I’m a Director of Investigations. I am part of EFF’s Threat Lab and oversee the Atlas of Surveillance project. Read my extended bio and archive here.

I am also the Visiting Reynolds Professor of Media Technology at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Reynolds School of Journalism. On the side, I write a little fiction and cover events like San Diego Comic-Con for national and local publications.

Prior to joining EFF, I worked as a staff writer at alt weeklies across the Southwest, covering everything from death row to the Democratic National Convention. My reporting has fueled civil rights lawsuits, state legislation, and criminal cases against public officials. I also was a volunteer with Journalists for Human Right in Ghana and earned a master’s degree in social anthropology, with an emphasis on ethnographic film, at the University of Manchester in northern England.

My work has been honored with the Youth Law Center’s Loren Warboys Unsung Hero Award and the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement’s Contribution to Oversight Award, and numerous awards from journalism organizations. In 2017, I was a co-recipient of the First Amendment Coalition’s Free Speech and Open Government Award and in 2021, the Atlas of Surveillance, received a James Madison Freedom of Information Award from the Society of Professional Journalists’ NorCal Chapter.

And yes, I once had a day named after me in San Diego by a bunch of sarcastic politicos.

I’m a big fan of  audio drama, VR, 360 photography, graphic novels, flashlights, searchlights, and scruffy terrier mutts.

A few other places you can find me online:





Google Street View


Twitch (only occasionally)

And here are a few Wikipedia pages that reference me.