Hi, I’m Charley.


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


I find surprising narratives and tell them in print, online, in audio, and onstage. I also help people from rarely heard communities share their stories in their own voices.

I've worked on-staff as a producer at Pop-Up Magazine, an editor at Texas Monthly, and a writer at WIRED. I've freelanced for publications including The New York TimesNew York MagazineThe Atlantic, The Washington Post, Pineapple Street Studios, McSweeney's, and Lucky Peach, and have made work for clients including Google, Hello Sunshine, Nike, Indeed, and Quartz Creative.

Here are some of my most recent projects. See more of my work here.

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I'm a contributing writer for The New York Times Kids section, which is written for readers ages 7-14 (and is only published in print). Each month, I talk to kids about what matters to them and write stories for young readers. Recently, I profiled a Native teen learning Tlingit, talked to kids about what it's like when parents lose their jobs, and explained how a crush works.

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I reported for 70 Over 70, a podcast from Pineapple Street Studios about how to age. I interviewed dozens of elders, from a nonagenarian trapeze artist to a couple who fell back in love in their sixties. I also booked well-known guests and cut tape for the non-narrated segments at the top of each episode.

The U.S. government allocated a staggering $4.5 trillion in response to Covid-19, more than the entire 2019 federal budget. So where did all that money go? For The New York Times Magazine, I wrote about how those trillions will change American lives and industry far after the pandemic (in collaboration with photographer Chris Payne).

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