Freelance writer and 2015-16 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism. I've written for The New York Times, Wired and The Atlantic, among other publications. I was previously a reporter at the Austin American-Statesman, where I covered public safety and politics and fact-checked statements made by elected officials for PolitiFact

Ciara is pronounced like Keira Knightley and not like the R&B artist who sang "1, 2 Step." You can listen to the late writer Frank McCourt say my name here. You can hear "1, 2 Step" here.