A bit about me:
I’m Josephine, but I go by Jo. I’m a freelance editor and journalist based in North Carolina (for now). I currently work as the weekend news editor for Bustle.com, one of the largest websites for millennial women. As a journalist I cover sexual assault, LGBTQIA+ rights, reproductive justice, science and health, business, feminist pop culture issues, and often the intersection of all of these topics. I also did a short stint as a music journalist.
My work has been published by Bustle.com, Rewire.News, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, ThinkProgress, NationSwell, Romper.com, Rolling Stone, and The Village Voice, among others.
I regularly make radio appearances to talk about my abortion policy reporting, though I’ve also spoken about gun violence, country music (yes, really), and sexual violence in prisons. I have appeared on panels to talk about my experience as a sexual assault survivor, and I have moderated discussions about women’s health.
In North Carolina Special Election, Who Is the Most Anti-Choice of Them All?, Rewire.News, April 2019
The Case for Public Sex Classes, Teen Vogue, April 2019
Valerie Huber’s New Role at HHS Could Bring Abstinence-Only Agenda to Global Policy, Rewire.News, Jan. 2019
These Are the Ways Plastics Can Mess Up Your Body, Teen Vogue, Dec. 2018
Rape Behind Bars: Stopping the Cycle of Violence, NationSwell, Sept. 2018
How to Support the Survivors In Your Life This Week, Marie Claire, Oct. 2018
Why Assault Memories are ‘Indelible’ for Some Survivors and Other Details May Be Lacking, Teen Vogue, Sept. 2018
Why Pro-Choice Groups Say The Kavanaugh Allegations & His Views On Abortion Are Linked, Bustle.com, Sept. 2018
Sexual Assault Survivors Talk About Sex After Rape, Teen Vogue, Aug. 2018
For Survivors of Prison Rape, Saying ‘Me Too’ Isn’t an Option, Rewire.News, Jan. 2018
What Two Sandy Hook Moms Wish They Knew Then, Romper.com, Dec. 2017
The One Thing Most Infertility Stories Don’t Mention, Romper.com, July 2017
These Women Are Helping To Stop Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission In Africa, Romper.com, June 2017
What A Sandy Hook Father Wants You To Know About The Gun Violence That Killed His Son, Romper.com, Oct. 2016
This American Crime: Sarah Koenig On Her Hit Podcast ‘Serial’, Rolling Stone.com and Rolling Stone October print edition,Oct. 2014
Essays and op-eds
The anti-trans Trump memo is already a reality for people like me, ThinkProgress, Oct. 2018
The right’s dangerous use of moral relativism to defend Sarah Sanders, ThinkProgress.com, June 2018
Grief Can Last For Years, So Why Don’t We Acknowledge It?, Romper.com, May 2018
The Man Who Assaulted Me Put My Photo On His Dating Profile. Here’s What I Did Next., Romper.com, Aug. 2017
I Visited My Mother’s Grave For The First Time After The Women’s March, & Here’s What I Said, Romper.com, Jan. 2017
I’m Afraid Of Motherhood Because It Means Losing My Mom All Over Again, Romper.com, May 2016
On a Fishing Charter with a Chef at Amelia Island, Florida, The Daily Meal
620 Square Miles of Food Celebration and Conservation in Milan, The Daily Meal
A Perfect Model of Sustainability in Amelia Island, Florida, The Daily Meal
When I’m not writing, I’m riding. I was two weeks old when my parents visited the Budweiser Clydesdale barn in New Hampshire, and my dad says he held me up in front of one of the Clydesdales. We looked each other in the eyes, and I haven’t been able to part with horses since. I’ve traveled to the Pyrenees in France and the countryside of Bosnia and Herzegovina to ride.