Her infancy was spent as glorified luggage, dragged around several countries on two continents and eventually attending nine elementary schools. The daughter of two self-involved former-cult-members, Tina was mostly feral until the age of 13 when she was finally made a ward of the state. Think, “Kafka as a pre-pubescent girl.”
The most stable home she ever had was an adolescent all-girls group home in Northern California where she made few friends by being a “stuck up nerd” who thought she was “better than everyone else.”
Tina’s life long ambition of being a paleontologist was thwarted by the siren song of freelance journalism.
Always the irreverent humorist, Tina’s philosophy is simple: As long as there are gallows, someone needs to supply humor.
Sometimes a comedian, sometimes a reporter—always a wedge-issue enthusiast and devout skeptic—Tina is an award-winning writer, investigative journalist and the host of the upcoming investigative serial podcast Cultish. Her bizarre life story was featured on This American Life‘s episode #539 “The Leap.” Tina has also appeared on MSNBC and BBC; and radio shows like KCRW’s To The Point and the nationally syndicated Stephanie Miller Show. She has written for Mother Jones, The Atlantic, Skeptic, Fast Company, LA Weekly and Los Angeles Times among many others. Her weekly opinion column is widely syndicated through Cagle Cartoons.
A (somewhat) complete list of the newspapers her column appears in is here.
Her reaction to the airing of her story on TAL can be found here.