Hi, I’m Jeff!
I’m a 37-year-old writer, editor and content strategist. I’m also a globetrotter who’s lived to publish it. I love the first 48 hours in a new city, hate coming home to an empty house after a trip, and am indifferent to fireworks.
I got my start in journalism the usual way: by copyediting government-censored articles at an opposition-run Sudanese newspaper. From there, I journeyed south to Uganda and landed a role as a Communications for Development Consultant with UNICEF. After a few years, I moved over to Mango Tree Uganda, a design firm that creates content for African audiences rather than about them. I served as Creative Director, conceptualizing and editing audience-specific educational materials for clients throughout East Africa, including several NGOs I can’t namedrop because their acronyms sound made up.
In 2013 I traded in my Ugandan lifestyle for a Balinese one and began a true freelancing career that has since taken me to the Biggest Little City in the World (Reno for those not up on their city nicknames). I split my time between writing for websites, usually on higher education or finances, and scouting the American West for my next travel article.
I got my start in journalism the usual way: by copyediting government-censored articles at an opposition-run Sudanese newspaper.
I’ve snuck my stuff into Sunset Magazine, Via, Inspired Bali, and a hit parade of small African publications. My assignments have let me poke around one-horse desert towns, delve into the science behind monogamy and monitor postcolonial resentments as reflected in sports.
Did I mention I’m writing a novel? (Because who isn’t these days?) Unfortunately, it will never be published because I don’t want readers to be blinded by its brilliance. That, or because I’m busy working on all the stuff above. One of the two.
My list of bylines is always growing, as is my family. I picked up a wife in Uganda, a dog in Florida and a child in Reno. Don’t worry — they’re all mine.