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I’m a reporter on the investigative team at The New York Times, covering a variety of topics but often focusing on stories involving technology and data. Most recently, I have reported on deaths in law enforcement custody, the coronavirus pandemic and the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol.

For a series of articles on privacy, propaganda and technology in 2018, my colleagues and I won a George Polk Award and were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting.

Before joining The Times, I worked at The Wall Street Journal for more than a decade, as an interactive producer, reporter and member of the investigative team. My reporting there frequently dealt with technology, privacy, computer security and the law. I was part of a team that won a Gerald Loeb Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting in 2012, for a long-running series on digital privacy. I also shared an Overseas Press Club award for coverage of companies that enable censorship and surveillance by repressive regimes.

After leaving The Journal at the end of 2016, I helped launch the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. I also reported on Facebook for the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica. Before my career at The Journal, I worked as a copy editor at the Houston Chronicle and interned at the Associated Press in Thailand.

I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and have a master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

I’m particularly interested in computer security techniques for journalists. Please see my Contact page for more information on secure communications.