To read some of my favorite written pieces, please click on the headlines or hyperlinks following the blurb. Some of my visual work appears here, but mostly is found elsewhere on this website.
Baseball players come and go. Ichiro was different
Crosscut, March 21, 2019
A Japanese American’s appreciation of the cultural impact of now-former Mariner and future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki.
A Seattle photographer’s ‘obsession’ with an ill-fated osprey family leads to the kind of emotional attachment the environment could really use
The Seattle Times, Feb. 28, 2019
A personal and reported essay about the heartbreak of nature, and the possibilities to connect underrepresented populations. Includes extensive photo gallery and video.
How Birds Gave Japanese Prisoners Wings
Audubon, Aug. 15, 2018
Written and illustrated vignettes about the intersection of culture and nature.
It’s Time to Think Beyond Bears Ears
Outside Magazine, March 2018
Commentary about creating more culturally relevant and accessible public lands units for people of color.
I sat with an athlete in protest in the 90s. It’s complicated.
Crosscut, Sept. 26, 2017
Commentary about my part in an athlete’s national anthem protest–decades before Colin Colin Kaepernick; part of a first-place entry for Commentary, Society of Professional Journalists, 2018.
A year-long investigation into workforce diversity in the National Park Service; part of a second-place entry for Outstanding Beat Reporting, Society of Professional Journalists, 2017.
What If I’m Not White?
High Country News, June 27, 2016
A personal essay about identity and media and public lands; part of a second-place entry for Outstanding Beat Reporting, Society of Professional Journalists, 2017.
Why Are Our Parks So White?
The New York Times, July 10, 2015
This commentary on the National Park Service’s dogged issue with race was one of the most read stories on the Times’ platforms that weekend.
A sportswriter’s appreciation of a Jordan-like ballerina quietly retiring at the top of her game; self-produced, self-edited, self-published then picked up by The Cauldron/SI.
I’ve honestly not kept track, but the first two on this list earned national awards. Some of the others may have earned regional honors.