Hi, I’m Charley.

 

I’m a writer, editor, and story producer.

 

I find surprising narratives and tell them in print, online, and onstage.

 

I also help those in rarely heard communities share their own stories in their own voices. 

Selected Writing

As a writer, I often cover subcultures.

 

For Texas Monthly, I wrote about bachelorette parties and Austin’s gentrifying image.

 

I wrote about Buc-ee’s and what the gas station chain says about Texan identity for The New York Times.

For The Atlantic, I wrote about one mother's experience navigating COVID-19 and remote education.

 

I contribute often to The New York Times for Kids,

which only appears in print. (In recent issues, I’ve written about teen poll workers, how a Native Alaskan teen experiences racism, and how a crush works.)

I also write about podcasts—for Hot Pod, for New York Magazine, and previously as a culture writer atWIRED .

Pop-Up Magazine

As a story producer at Pop-Up Magazine, I brought nonfiction stories to a live audience, touring across the U.S., from Lincoln Center to my hometown favorite, the Paramount in Oakland.

 

I produced stories including narratives about how Dungeons & Dragons allows death row inmates to escape solitary confinement, how a Cuban Yemayá priestess who emigrated to the U.S., and how thousands of people came together in quarantine through a penpal exchange.

I also lead produced Pop-Up Magazine's first-ever

Hispanic Heritage Month series, including stories from Radio Ambulante's Daniel Alarcón, Oscar nominee Juliana Schatz Preston, and J.P. Brammer of ¡Hola Papi!

As-Told-Tos

As an editor, I specialize in as-told-to projects. I help individuals shape their own narratives and perspectives to connect with a broad audience.

At Texas Monthly, I conceptualized, developed, and reported The Women’s Voices Project. I spent months building relationships with dozens of women across the state in the wake of the #metoo movement, working with them on pieces about how gender affected their experiences in the workplace, from an oil rig to an Episcopal church to the desk of Sandra Cisneros.

Also for Texas Monthly, I reported a photoessay about the next generation of hunters, interviewing Black children about what it means to be a youth of color in the older, whiter world of Texas hunting.

Brand Work

I also find, write, edit, and produce multimedia stories for organizations like Bay Area nonprofit Year Up and NYC nonprofit Hearts of Gold, and for brands including Google, Indeed, and Nike.

Audio Projects

I've reported and edited audio in ProTools and Final Cut Pro. Most recently, I worked on Pop-Up Magazine's first-ever audio story, interviewing an astronaut, a stilts instructor, and more about walks across the world.