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I'm a senior writer at ProPublica, a non-profit investigation journalism outfit.

Last year, I did a fellowship at Columbia University's Journalism School, through which I spent six months studying Arabic in Damascus, Syria.

Before that I wrote the Today's Papers column for Slate. I have also been an editor-type at the since-departed Brill's Content and Mother Jones. My writing has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post , New Republic, and elsewhere.

Background: I grew up in a small shtetel, also known as Brentwood, CA.