writing.

Black Homeowners Face Discrimination in Appraisals

Companies that value homes for sale or refinancing are bound by law not to discriminate. Black homeowners say it happens anyway.
The New York Times

Hounded by Wildfires, Californians Rethink Their Willingness to Rebuild

In the aftermath, some people are deciding to just begin new lives elsewhere. The pandemic and longstanding housing problems haven’t made the choices any easier.
The New York Times

Parents Join Forces to Rethink ‘Back to School’

Instead of classrooms, some children are heading to learning pods that will be held in repurposed living rooms, cleaned-out barns and even tree houses.
The New York Times

Why Tourist Spots Like Bermuda Are Offering Remote-Work Visas

With offices still shut and schools in limbo, a handful of countries and resorts are inviting WFH warriors to park their laptops in more scenic surroundings
The Wall Street Journal

Momcations. It’s a Thing.

Hotels and tour operators across the globe are rolling out vacation packages designed specifically to give women a break from their spouses and children.
The New York Times

‘Tehran’ Is the Latest Israeli Thriller, Emphasis on Thrills.

The unabashedly entertaining Apple TV+ series, which follows a young female operative in Iran, is a departure from the gritty, manly espionage dramas Israel is known for, like “Fauda.”
The New York Times

In Tel Aviv, a City-Wide, Socially Distanced Shabbat

Israel's citizens have begun taking to their balconies to usher in the day of rest. 
 
Conde Nast Traveler

Israel’s Best-Kept Secret: This Food City on the Mediterranean

Acre, an ancient seaport in northern Israel, serves up mouthwatering meals with zero fanfare. From dueling hummus shops to bragworthy seafood restaurants, here’s where to dig in.
The Wall Street Journal

36 Hours in Kigali, Rwanda

More than 20 years after the horrific genocide in Rwanda, Kigali is emerging as a proud city, known for its progressive start-ups, energetic art scene and great dining and coffee.
The New York Times

A High-Tech Array of Travel Tools

Products that rely on artificial intelligence aim to make travel safer during the pandemic. But hefty prices and privacy concerns are issues.
The New York Times

A Different Early-Bird Special: Have Vaccine, Will Travel

People over 65 have been among the first in line to receive Covid-19 vaccinations. And they are leading a wave in new travel bookings.
The New York Times

Disneyland as a Vaccination Site? Airports as Test Centers? The Travel Industry Pitches In

Devastated by the pandemic, many travel companies have become part of an ad hoc relief effort.
The New York Times

Median Home Price Sets New Record in California

The pandemic paused the housing market for a few months, but it has been on a rebound that has pushed the median price over $700,000.
The New York Times

LIVING IN - CALIFORNIA

Highland Park, Los Angeles: A Watchful Eye on Gentrification

As real estate prices rise and crime drops, residents hope that the longtime diversity of the neighborhood will persevere.
The New York Times

The Sunset Strip Stirs Again

Every party eventually ends, and now Los Angeles’s most notorious revelry zone is focusing on the morning after. 
The New York Times

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about.

I'm a journalist covering everything from travel to entertainment to social justice to the California real estate market. My work appears regularly in The New York Times, and I am also a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast Traveler and other top publications. 

For nearly a decade I lived in and reported from Israel, where I covered the Middle East entertainment industry as the Tel Aviv stringer for Variety and produced award-winning travel feature stories including "In Israel, A New Passion for Palestinian Cuisine" for The New York Times, which won a Lowell Thomas Award for best travel journalism.

In 2018, I gave a TedX Talk in Porto, Portugal, about my experiences reporting in Kigali, Rwanda for The New York Times and that nation's success in rebuilding after their genocide 30 years ago.

I currently live in San Diego with my husband, our twin daughters and our rescue pup.

 

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