I’m the former lead COVID-19 reporter for The Daily Beast, where for more than a year, I had top epidemiologists on speed dial. I tirelessly covered super-spreaders, hot spots, shaky reopenings, and how this insanity could eventually end. When I quit, I wrote a viral essay on burnout and started speaking publicly about trauma recovery and journalism. Throughout my journalism career, I’ve completed groundbreaking investigative reports on subjects ranging from crime and education to politics. I’ve also written first-person essays on what it means to witness a murder or to experience sexual-assault, and I was the first reporter to name the identity of the Golden State Killer. I have one eye on Texas at all times. I’ve worked as a local crime reporter for the The Waco Tribune-Herald, fact-checked at a travel magazine and done freelance political reporting for The Texas Observer. I graduated from McGill University in Montreal. Read my work, follow me on twitter @oliviamesser, support my Patreon, or send me an email: email@example.com.