My name is Sarah Harvard and I am a journalist, essayist and stand-up comic based in New York City.

I report on stories about religion, national security, foreign policy, immigration, race, gender and politics. In a nutshell, I write vigorously-reported and impassioned stories about greed, corruption and conflict, and how they affect ordinary people in this world.

These stories end up in the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the Intercept, the New Republic, the Guardian, Slate, Splinter, VICE and the Huffington Post. Sometimes they are cited or appear in the Columbia Journalism Review, CNN Reliable Sources, the Daily Beast, CBS Face the Nation, BBC and TIME.

As a writer, I love venturing into the unknown. So far, I’ve traveled to Myanmar and Thailand to meet with democracy activists and examine the Rohingya conflict firsthand; Saudi Arabia to meet with housewives, working women, and Muslim pilgrims; Morocco to hear from the Atlas Mountains’ Amazigh population about their fight against systemic oppression and for cultural preservation; and Germany to learn from champions of press freedom.

Occasionally, I love sitting down with rising stars and prominent figures to discuss today’s pressing issues. You may recognize some of them: Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Noam Chomsky, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Reza Aslan, W. Kamau Bell, John Oliver, Donald Glover, Russell Simmons, Vic Mensa and T.I.

More than anything, I am passionate about journalism, the world, and the people in it. I remember when I fell in love with the written word. It was when I witnessed my grandmother—an illiterate child bride from Morocco—write her name for the first time. I was six-years-old, visiting her in a shoddy two-bedroom apartment in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. I watched her write her own name anxiously, carefully, slowly, on the palm of her hand. That moment instilled a belief that writing is more than a privileged craft: it’s a form of emancipation.

Since then, I made a promise to myself to use my passion for writing for a purpose: to amplify underrepresented voices, hold those in power accountable, and document the rapidly changing world around me.