I started writing professionally in 2006, covering Israel’s invasion of Lebanon, where I had just completed a semester on student exchange.
Six months later, after blogging (at australianinbeirut) and reporting for outlets including the Canberra Times and news.com.au, I returned to Australia and took up a position with Alternative Media Group, writing for their three titles – City Hub, City News and The Bondi View.
After a brief stint at the North Western Courier in Narrabri, at the beginning of 2008 I returned to freelancing for outlets in Australia and abroad. I then travelled to Tehran where I covered Iran’s 2009 presidential elections for The Diplomat, Crikey.com CBS and Fox News.
After having my trip cut short by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance I returned to Beirut where I freelanced some more, working for outlets including, Today FM (Ireland), CBC, Qantara, The Scotsman, Executive, Time Out Beirut and Newmatilda.com.
In April I returned to Australia, where I started contributing once more to The City Hub and on occasion The City News, as well as making videos for the#ElectionWIRE youtube channel.
In February of 2011 I moved to Cairo to report on the ongoing Arab Spring. So far being here has seen me do some more work for places like newmatilda.com, as well as new outlets like the Guardian’s Comment Is Free, Russia Today, New Humanist, King’s Tribune, and Citizen Radio. I’ve also started to dabble with photography.
I had quite a couple of years in Cairo including a protracted legal battle with the authorities, and meeting and marrying the incredible Aliya Alwi. In February of this year (2013) I moved to Ecuador with her and our cat Assad. (Assad means lion in Arabic).
——UPDATE (May 2017)——
In Ecuador Aliya and I teamed up with a bunch of other people to launch ImportantCool.com. You can read my stuff there. Since then we’ve moved back to Australia, and are living in the far south coast of New South Wales.