I'm a freelance journalist from the Netherlands, currently living in New York City. I'm driven by the power of using small and personal narratives to explain the bigger picture – going beyond bare facts to highlight the ways in which larger issues affect our lives.
Some of my favorite stories are about nuns dressed in electric pink who pray for the outside world from solitary confinement, small-town idealists in the Netherlands trying to solve the Northern-Irish Troubles, a remapping of the history of Dutch slavery in New York City, and the forgotten role the Netherlands played in the Sinti & Roma holocaust.
I started my journalistic career as an intern at Dave Eggers' oral history publication Voice of Witness in 2014 and have worked in audio, long form, interactive/multimedia storytelling, data journalism and photography, publishing with The Correspondent, De Groene Amsterdammer, Radio Doc, Pointer, and more.
I was a board member and continue to be on the program committee of the Initiative Narrative Journalism Netherlands, organizing the annual True Stories conference in Amsterdam/The Hague.