I know, it's a lot of vowels. (If you can say "Raoul," you're halfway there.)
I am a features editor at NPR Music — a multi-platform team of journalists and critics inside National Public Radio — where I assign and edit essays, interviews and reporting on contemporary music and culture and the emotional lessons they teach. I work with staff and freelance writers, as well as the producers and hosts of NPR’s news programs, whom I help turn stories developed for radio into good internet. In 2018 I became the music team’s standards editor and author of its first style guide.
I am also a writer, interviewer and broadcaster, creating stories and conversations about how art and performance help people figure out who they are, or would like to be. My bylined work includes cultural essays, reviews, radio pieces and longform conversations with artists and creators. As a commentator, I’ve been a frequent panelist on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, guest-hosted All Songs Considered been a featured speaker at the Future of Music Policy Summit.
For love, I make songs. I’m the drummer in a power-pop quartet called Bad Moves, whom you may have seen in animated form on Cartoon Network’s Craig of the Creek, and have a long-running solo project called Art Sorority, which I like to describe as “dreams of love and anxiety, since 2002.” Lately I’ve started learning to produce instrumental electronic music and it is basically the greatest video game I’ve ever played.
I am a born-and-bred New Yorker living in Washington, D.C. My favorite assignment ever is this one about empathy, and my favorite song I’ve written is this one about work.