Hi! I’m Eileen.
I’m an independent print, web, and audio journalist that produces long-form stories on underrepresented communities, often with a transnational angle.
I’ve reported from Afghanistan, China, Latin America, and across both rural and urban United States on topics including elections fraud, fake news, and smuggling networks. I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, and have also worked, with limited language support, in Persian (Dari).
My work has been published in the New York Times online, Wired, New York Magazine, HuffPost, NPR, South China Morning Post, Nikkei Asian Review, The Alpinist, as well as in book projects, while my interviews and previous work have been featured on CBS, Vice, Foreign Policy, Fast Company, and Fox News, among others.
Before focusing on journalism, I was a media entrepreneur 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. (Also see: my TEDxBrussels talk on low-tech in Afghanistan.)
My work has been supported by the International Women's Media Foundation, first as an Adelante reporting fellow and then as a grantee on an independent reporting project. I am also a member of Independent Reporters and Editors (IRE), the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR), the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Asian American Journalists Association.
I have completed hostile environment first aid training, a certification in wilderness first aid, and am available for worldwide assignments.