A little more about me
I grew up in England in the 1970s and 1980s; attended Balliol College, Oxford — where I took a degree in politics, philosophy and economics in 1993– and then moved to New York City to study at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
For the past twenty five years, living first in New York and then in California,I have roamed the country and the world, writing on social justice themes for publications throughout the US, the UK, and elsewhere. I have focused on issues ranging from the workings of the criminal justice system and the impact of the war on drugs, through to poverty, hunger, the rise of ever greater levels of inequality, and the conditions faced by refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants in contemporary America.
As a writer, I love exploring issues in depth, establishing fields of expertise and talking with people about their stories — their hopes and dreams, fears and anxieties. It is those stories, I have always believed, that make up the wondrous weave of our existence.
When I am not writing, I am traveling with my wife and kids; reading, listening to music, tinkering on the piano, playing tennis — my not so secret obsession — or skiing. I love the beaches and the mountains of California, enjoy the deep chill of an alpine winter, adore hiking in desert canyons in the Southwest, and have spent an impossibly large number of hours driving the highways and backroads of the United States. At last count, I have visited and reported out of 48 of the 50 states.
The more I travel, the more people I meet, the more books I read, works of art I see, and ideas I encounter, the more I realize how little each one of us is in the grand scheme of things. To be curious about the mysteries of life and to be humble about one’s place in the cosmos are, I believe, essential to one’s humanity. To turn a blind eye to injustice, or to throw in one’s lot with the powerful against the weak, is, I think, to die a little bit.