Hi, I'm Eileen!
I am an independent journalist fascinated by our enduring connections to place and identity, even (or especially) amidst globalization, and I specialize in stories about communities on the fringe. I have reported from Afghanistan, China, Mexico, and both rural and urban United States -- without translation in Mandarin and Spanish and with some language support in Persian/Dari. I have also completed hostile environment first aid training through the International Women's Media Foundation.
My independent reporting has appeared or is forthcoming in print in the New York Times online, Wired, Alpinist Magazine, Nikkei Asian Review, Hakai Magazine, and others, as well as in book projects and on public radio.
My storytelling was sparked by my love of words - nothing delights me more than well-crafted prose - and my medium of choice is print, with audio quickly becoming a second love.
Before journalism, I was a media entrepreneur and editor that spent two and a half years in Kabul, Afghanistan, where I founded Impassion Afghanistan, the country's first digital media agency, and Paiwandgah, Afghanistan's largest citizen journalism platform. For this work, I was appointed to the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Social Media, and named one of 33 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33 by Diplomatic Courier magazine. Later, I served as the launch editor of Innovations Online, the digital platform of the MIT Press Innovations Journal.
Outside of reporting, I am an avid (but amateur) rock climber, devourer of literature, and always on the prowl for good food and great coffee.
Press + Speaking
I have emceed conferences, spoken at Europe's largest TEDx event, facilitated workshops, and been interviewed on air in both radio and television in multiple languages and countries. Topics that I have spoken on have ranged from exploring the intersection of technology and culture/society/politics, lessons in entrepreneurship, to challenges faced by women of color writers. A selection of talks and interviews are below: