A b o u t M e
I am the senior editor of NPR's Morning Edition, breaking news and telling stories on the network's flagship morning program.
I am also a Journalist-in-Residence at the School of International Service at American University, where I hold writing workshops for graduate students and I serve on the faculty of the University of Maryland's Merrill College of Journalism.
I am working on a book about religious belief in America. I recently traveled to Ireland on a fellowship from the International Reporting Project to look at the decline of the Catholic Church in Ireland.
I am the author of the 2011 reported memoir Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India, which investigates women's lives in India. I recently collaborated with David Gregory on his book How's Your Faith: An Unlikely Spiritual Journey (Simon &Schuster, September 2015). I edited Nisid Hajari's book Midnight's Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition which came out, to great acclaim, in June 2015.
I started my journalism career in New York, before moving to New Delhi, India to work as a reporter for NPR and Marketplace Radio. I lived there for five years until 2007, covering war and conflict in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, and Sri Lanka, along with economic and cultural change in India. My stories have appeared on NPR programs and in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, The Nation and Slate Magazine.
I received my undergraduate degree from Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland, and a Masters of Fine Arts in nonfiction writing from Bennington College in Vermont.
So long as I remain alive and well I shall continue to feel strongly about prose style, to love the surface of the earth, and to take a pleasure in solid objects and scraps of useless information