Before I took over The Lede at the start of 2009, I was a Web producer on the Foreign desk of The Times, producing audio slide shows and interviews to accompany articles. For reasons that remain unclear to this day, in 2008 I wrote The Climb, a blog charting my attempt to cycle the full route of one hard, mountain stage of the Tour de France, in the rain.
Before I moved to the Web in 2007, I worked as a fact-checker at The New York Times Magazine, where I contributed additional reporting to dozens of cover stories, and wrote about two dozen articles, interviews and essays for The Times, GQ, Slate, the Guardian and the London News Review. I also shot video for NYTimes.com and Wired magazine and was the co-editor of the 2006 World Cup blog on The Times site.
In 2004, I worked as a radio producer for The Al Franken Show on Air America. Before that, I produced and shot television reports for TransWorld Sport; worked as a television producer in London for Worldwide Television News and The Associated Press for three years; spent a year and a half making a series of video letters and news reports for a United Nations Television programme broadcast inside the former Yugoslavia during the wars in Bosnia and Croatia; and wrote and directed an educational film in Cambodia.
I grew up in suburban New York and rural Ireland, then studied literature at the University of Pennsylvania and filmmaking at New York University.