I’m the former lead COVID-19 reporter for The Daily Beast. For more than a year, I had top epidemiologists on speed dial. I’ve tirelessly covered super-spreaders, hot spots, shaky reopenings, and how this insanity could eventually end. I previously covered crime, breaking news, and politics. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.