and journalist *
I write stories about things people don’t like to think about.
I write about child soldiers who are brainwashed and recruited into fighting wars they will never win. I write about children shooting at children. Children being imprisoned for the rest of their lives.
This is not Sierra Leone, Sinaloa, or any other war-torn land you've read about.
This is Northern California.
It’s the beautiful Salinas Valley, the golden fields and mountains of Steinbeck Country, the pristine and storied coastline of Monterey County.
And this idyllic place is where children are killing children at a rate higher than in any other county in California.
I write about this because I want people to know and to care.
Coming Fall 2014 from Chicago Review Press: "Blood in the Fields: Ten years inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang."
And be sure to check out my new curated site of gang and violence prevention news and research, CalGangs.
journalist is a reporter out of a job.”