Emily is currently a freelance journalist, writing stories about interesting people, places, and issues for a variety of publications. She started her career as a local journalist in the Greater Boston Area, reporting for eight different newspapers including the Boston Globe. During that time, she wrote about crime, gentrification, public transportation, budgets, and education. She interviewed politicians such as Elizabeth Warren and reported on breaking news stories such as the 2013 manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
As a freelancer, Emily has reported internationally from Berlin, Germany; London, England; and Jeju, South Korea. She also regularly reviews history books for the Boston-based newspaper the Christian Science Monitor.
Here are some samples of her work:
Loren Coleman has spent his career hunting down cryptids: that is, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, the yeti, and other creatures unknown to science. He's one of the world's best-known cryptozoologists, and he runs the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. Read Emily's account of his life and career in the Financial Times, March 10, 2017.
Irmela Mensah-Schramm is a 70-year-old German woman who has spent the last 30 years traveling around her country removing right-wing and racist graffiti, an activity that's often led her to run-ins with police and neo-Nazis. Emily spent a day with her in May 2016, and wrote about it for the Financial Times, August 20, 2016.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist was one of the largest, most notorious art heists ever. This 1990 crime remains unsolved to this day. In July 2010, Emily interviewed Geoffrey Kelly, the Boston FBI agent responsible for leading his agency's hunt to recover the paintings. The interview appeared in the FT on July 16, 2010.
When did the first charlatan forge a photograph? Emily answered this question in her contribution to the FT's Defining Moment column, in which she details the history of the invention of paranormal photography. The piece appeared on April 23, 2010.
ROADS & KINGDOMS
On the island of Jeju, South Korea, women have traditionally earned a living by free-diving into the ocean to gather abalone, sea cucumber, conches and other treasures from the ocean floor. Emily wrote about one of the youngest of these divers for Roads & Kingdoms, April 6, 2017; the article was listed on The Atlantic's The Week in Global-Affairs Writing, April 9, 2017.
Halé Sofia Schatz, a resident of Lexington, Massachusetts, has a slightly unusual hobby: raising goats in her suburban backyard. Emily visited her house and interviewed her about what it's like to be a goat mom in the suburbs, and wrote about it for the Globe, August 7, 2014.
Every day, the town of Arlington, Massachusetts received a phone call about elder abuse. So they decided to do something about it. Emily wrote an article about the task force they created to combat this pervasive problem, June 5, 2014.
The workers at the nursing home didn't want to quit: they felt a sense of obligation to the residents they'd been caring for for years. So they went on strike. Emily wrote about this walk-out at a Lexington nursing home for the Globe, May 11, 2014.
How can a community farm impact a suburban community? Emily wrote about the town of Lexington, Massachusetts' new community farm and how this institution was educating students and adults alike about farming and food sustainability, November 28, 2013.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR--BOOK REVIEWS
In Eight Flavors, author and foodie Sarah Lohman explores the history of the eight flavors that make up American cuisine. Emily's review appeared in the Monitor on Dec. 5, 2016
In How the Post Office Created America, Winifred Gallagher argues that the post office was integral to the development of American culture and history. Review on August 10, 2016.
Ostend tells the story of a Belgian seaside town and the artists and writers who lived there in the calm before the storm of World War 2. Review on January 27, 2016.
In Ten Million Aliens, author Simon Barnes sets out to prove that humans are not unique in the animal kingdom through a series of sketches describing the wildest and weirdest creatures on this planet. Review on February 26, 2015.
What was it really like to grow up behind the Iron Curtain? In Born in the GDR, author Hester Vaizey interviews eight residents of this former country, presenting a nuanced portrait of life in East Germany in those decades. Review on January 7, 2015.
In Deep, James Nestor explores the connection between humanity and the ocean by telling the story of the world's free divers: people who dive to the ocean's depths without oxygen tanks. Review on July 24, 2014.
The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era explores the history of atomic power, from early discoveries by Marie Curie through the present day. Review on March 25, 2014.
Storm Kings: The Untold History of America’s First Tornado Chasers tells the story of early storm chasers in the uncharted American West, and the development of weather research and prediction as we know it today. Review on March 5, 2013.
In On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, readers can learn about the life and legacy of this extraordinarily influential but oft-misunderstood scientist. Review on Sept. 11, 2012
Darwin’s Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution tells the tale of the scientists whose discoveries helped propel Darwin to his theory of natural selection. Review on June 12, 2012.