I’m an independent journalist, author, editor, and media trainer based in New Mexico, but my work spans the globe. My husband and partner, Jerry Redfern, and I lived for several years in Asia, and we regularly return there. (Check out our multimedia projects at the Redcoates Studios link above.) I primarily cover food, environment, health, and human rights in developing countries, and I specialize in telling stories from the ground up. I love getting into village kitchens and rice paddies, and meeting people across the world who want to share their life histories. I often find we have more in common than not.

Some career highlights:

  • Senior Fellow, Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, 2011-present
  • Fellow, International Women’s Media Foundation, 2015-present
  • International Reporting Project Fellow, Timor-Leste, 2015
  • Finalist, IRE Book Award (with Jerry Redfern, for Eternal Harvest), 2014
  • Guest editor, Global Press Journal special edition on Climate Change & Food Security, 2014
  • International Center for Journalists Fellow, Borneo, 2013
  • T. Anthony Pollner Distinguished Professor, University of Montana School of Journalism, Fall 2011
  • Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2010-2011
  • Correspondent, Archaeology Magazine, years & years ago-present
  • Former correspondent, Gourmet, 2004-2009 (when the magazine died)
  • Contributing editor, Sabor Journal, 2016-present

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