I'm a writer, columnist and journalist based in Washington, DC -- The above photo is of my neighborhood in Bloomingdale, Washington, DC. I moved to the District upon completing my master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

I'm from the metro Atlanta suburban city of Marietta, GA, and I spent most of my formative years in the South. I've never had a Southern accent, so no one -- including Southerners -- thinks I'm from the South. In hindsight I can sense that the bizarre relationship I had with my hometown, where I felt both foreign and native, encouraged me to explore the world. I have always found a comfort in foreign ideas, people, places, etc. and I feel much of this comfort stems from being perceived as a slightly foreign entity within my society for long segments of my youth.

I have a bachelor’s degree in political science from Furman University, yet upon graduation I decided to pursue my passion in film back in Atlanta for the next handful of years. Eventually, I decided to make a change from the world of film production, and transitioned into journalism.

As a journalist I’ve written about almost anything and everything, and have always tried to follow where the story takes me. I’ve reported on business and commodities; war crimes, conflicts, nation building and the Arab Spring in North Africa; politics, sports, technology, race and culture in the United States, and many other topics.

Now I'm fortunate enough to have the opportunity to use my varied experiences, diverse reporting beats, and my foreign/native perspective to write columns that are hopefully insightful, educational, and enjoyable.

Thanks for reading my (kind of long) bio, and again thank you for reading my columns.

-Barrett