Sunset while reporting from Iowa. Photo by Audra Mulkern.

Sunset while reporting from Iowa. Photo by Audra Mulkern.


Honors & Awards


2019 Finalist for Salute of Excellence Award (for exemplary coverage of African/ African-American people or issues, as awarded by the National Association of Black Journalists)

2019 James Beard Award nominee for Investigative Reporting

2019 North American Agriculture Journalists Writing Contest: 2nd place, Features.

Arizona Press Club 2017 Writing Competition

  • 1st place: Community Arts Reporting

  • 2nd place: Community Personality Profile

  • 2nd place: Statewide Arts Reporting

Honorable Mention for the National Press Foundation’s Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health Reporting ("Why Are Farmers Killing Themselves in Record Numbers?" - The Guardian, December 2017) 

"The Hunted" selected as a nonfiction winner for the Sun Dress Publications 2017 Best of the Net Anthology (Judge: Nicole Walker)

"The Hunted" nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2018)

"The Hunted" selected by Guernica as best memoir piece of 2017 (Memoir Monday collaboration)

1st Place Nonfiction: 2017 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest for "The Mule Deer"

"This expertly crafted example of creative nonfiction makes fine use of suspense and of T.S. Eliot's objective correlative, using a dying deer to illustrate the breakdown of a marriage. The author handles the bulk of the story—the dying deer—like needlepoint. You are compelled to follow every stitch to grasp the depth of disillusionment on the part of the wife, and the hardness of the husband. Not a dissonant note in the entire essay." - author Judy Juanita (contest judge)

Selected for 2017 Best of Food Writing anthology

Arizona Press Club 2016 Writing Competition

  • 1st Place: Community Environmental Reporting

  • 1st Place: Community Human Interest Reporting

  • 3rd Place: Community Personality Profile

  • 3rd Place: Statewide Human Interest Writing

Sundress Publication's 30 Most Transformative Essays of 2016

Fiction Finalist - 2016 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest 

Selected for 2016 Best of Food Writing anthology

Arizona Press Club 2015 Writing Competition

  • 1st Place Community Personality Profile

  • 2nd place Community Social Issues Reporting

3rd place - Glimmer Train Press Very Short Fiction Contest (2008)

Nominated for Pushcart Prize (2010)

Nominated for Dzanc Books Best of the Web Anthology (2011) 

Mentions & Press



The Homecomers podcast with Sarah Smarsh - Mental and Spiritual Well-being in Agricultural Spaces

Interview with National Young Farmers Coalition for their 2-part podcast series focused on farmer behavioral health and farmer suicide. Links to Part 1 and Part 2.

Interview with Off-Kilter’s Rebecca Vallas about the impact of the government shutdown on farmers.

Interview with FAIR Media Watch’s CounterSpin about my TalkPoverty piece We Already Have a Border Wall. It’s an Environmental Disaster.


Feeding the World — And Feeling Despair - Neiman Storyboard

Suicide: A Silent Epidemic Among Farmers - KJZZ, Phoenix, AZ

From Hardship to Victory: How one reporter's mission brought attention to the suicide epidemic among farmworkers - Editor & Publisher, pg 14 (online version)

Tucson Festival of Books Panel: The Future of Food and Farming with Gary Paul Nabhan and Dennis Moroney 

Interview about the farmer suicide epidemic, Food Sleuth Radio

Examining Farmer Suicides - Good Food, KCRW 


Writer Debbie Weingarten on Suicide and America's Farmers - WFPL, Louisville KY