About me

I am an award-winning visual journalist, covering environment, health and human rights, primarily in the developing world.

After spending several years as a staff photographer at newspapers in the American West, I began my freelance career in Cambodia in 1998. There, I shot news, features and investigative stories for Agence France-Presse, The New York Times, The Cambodia Daily and other publications. That was back at the time when papers still had darkrooms and photographers still processed their own film. These days I work with video and data visualization as well.

Working with my wife, author Karen Coates, we have combined our talents on numerous projects. Over seven years, we documented the widespread effects of unexploded ordnance in Laos. Our book, Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos (ThingsAsian 2013), was a finalist for the IRE Book Award, a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Montaigne and Grand Prize awards, and a finalist in the Indie Book Awards. 

I am a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, and I was a 2012-2013 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

I have a degree in journalism from The University of Montana. My work has won awards from numerous journalism and art organizations, including the Fund for Investigative Journalism, Center – Review Santa Fe, and the National Press Photographers Association. My work appears in publications around the world, including The New York Times, SciDev.Net, Mother Jones online, Archaeology, The Washington Post online, Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia, Sierra, and many others.

When not working abroad, I crash mountain bikes in New Mexico.

Me in my lightly used hammock, with my heavily used Rollei. Photo by Karen.

Me in my lightly used hammock, with my heavily used Rollei. Photo by Karen.