Where to begin? Well, I grew up in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario (pop. 75,000), moved to Toronto to study (pop. 2.48 million), then to São Paulo, Brazil, to live (pop. 11 million). So in terms of the number of people who surround me, I guess you could say I’ve moved up in the world. (Although quantity has nothing to do with quality: I love the people in each place I’ve had the pleasure to hang my hat.)
After a childhood full of questions that seemed ridiculous and unnecessary (“What was he wearing? What colour was his hair? Why was he doing that?” were common queries when my extremely patient parents were telling a story), I realized I should put my constant curiosity to good use and become a journalist (my love of writing might have had something to do with it too). So I packed up and moved to Toronto, where I got my Bachelor of Journalism (magazine major) and two awards from Ryerson University. I gained a lot of experience in that city too, writing for the Ryerson Review of Journalism (where I was also chief copy editor), Exclaim!, Eye Weekly (now The Grid) and Chart, and copy editing and proofreading for Exclaim! and Maisonneuve, respectively.
Once I had my degree in-hand, I moved to São Paulo. I now write, report and sometimes photograph for the Los Angeles Times, Fortune, Foreign Policy, The Associated Press, The New York Times and USA Today. I have also written and blogged for The Huffington Post Canada. I have previously freelanced for (and sometimes still do) papers like The Globe and Mail, news agencies like Reuters, magazines like World Wildlife Magazine, Newsweek Japan, Time Out São Paulo (where I was also a contributing editor), SPIN, Paste, This, FASHION Magazine, FLARE and Shameless (where I also copy edited), and websites like TakePart.com, GlobalPost, Ensia and Spinner.com. I can even call myself trilingual (English, French and Portuguese), and translate for Brazilian national paper Folha de S.Paulo.