I am a journalist based in Ithaca, New York developing a podcast called “The New Normal” that will delve into how now happened, and what we can do about it. Each episode will investigate a recent trend — such as Tinder, the gig economy, the alternative right, etc — and answer the basic question, ‘How did this recent trend become the status quo?’ In each episode, we will interview experts and normal people affected by the episode’s theme, and make sure to throw in humor so it’s not too heavy. Once it goes live, I’ll let you know!
As a journalist who’s spent the majority of my reporting career in Israel, I’ve often written about technology, peace and justice issues, cultural topics, and personal stories. My pieces have been published in the Atlantic, Business Insider, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Next Web, the Jerusalem Post, Mic (formerly known as PolicyMic), the Times of Israel, Geektime, AlterNet, the Oakland Tribune, Walla! News, and the Jewish Exponent. I have also been quoted in the BBC.
Until recently, I was the managing editor at Geektime. I am also a former editor at Mic and the Jerusalem Post. In March, I decided to shift into a consultant role at Geektime so I could have time to produce “The New Normal” podcast.
As Geektime’s managing editor, I oversaw the editorial team of Geektime.com, Israel’s leading technology news site and one of the largest tech publications outside the United States, and launched Geektime’s U.S. branch out of New York. In my time as managing editor, Geektime’s recurring readership base tripled, average time on page quadrupled, and reporting and contributing staff greatly expanded.
How I became a journalist
In 2010, my world changed when I met my now husband on a 10-day trip to Israel. Several months afterwards, I left my job as a social worker in San Francisco and moved to Israel with two suitcases, a hope for love, and a dream to become a journalist. I had always been passionate about writing and thought that moving to Israel could be my chance to enter the world of journalism: Israel’s always in the news, right?
Thankfully that was true. At first I interned for the Jerusalem Post and within several months, I was hired to become an editor, and managed interns myself. During my three years at the Jerusalem Post, I was the editor of several monthly magazines and the proofreader of the Jerusalem Post Lite. All the while, I learned Hebrew from scratch: I now speak fluently.
Between the Post and Geektime, I served as a remote copy editor at Mic (then called PolicyMic). Among other pieces, I wrote about women in the Arab tech world and Israeli reactions to Operation Protective Edge. Throughout my time in Israel, I also freelanced for a number of startups and nonprofits, including Fiverr, Tok, and Turning Heads.
Before Israel, I received a BA and MSW (both with honors) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Now, I am a recent transplant to Ithaca, NY (my husband is doing his PhD at Cornell) and am enjoying the Americana vibe and lack of population density so far.