Multimedia Journalist & Digital Copywriter

Hi, I'm Maggie - a New York Times published journalist based out of Palm Springs, California. Here you'll find everything from features, to news clips, to deep-dive investigative pieces. I am currently open for journalism and copywriting work.

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In Palm Springs, Where Rain Is Rare, Residents Brace for Hilary’s Downpour

Throughout the desert resort city in California, anxiety set in as the storm approached.

In front of a fire station in Palm Springs, Calif., residents crowded around a pit of sand on Saturday afternoon under gray clouds, using shovels to fill bag after bag. Every 15 minutes or so, a tractor would dump more sand in the pit. “I’m exhausted,” said Greg Tormo, a real estate agent, who had just finished filling 10 sandbags and was taking a break after carrying most of them to his car. “I’m gathering

In Several California Communities, Recovery Efforts Continue After the Storm

Near Yucaipa, Calif., after Tropical Storm Hilary hit the state.Credit...Alisha Jucevic for The New York Times

While most of Southern California survived Tropical Storm Hilary without serious damage, a handful of mountain and desert areas east of Los Angeles were still trying to recover.

In Several California Communities, Recovery Efforts Continue After the Storm

Most regions of Southern California avoided significant damage this week from Tropical Storm Hilary, but authorities continued thei

Every beach needs a Delbert

The life and times of an Outer Banks legend

In the song “Stoned Immaculate,” Jim Morrison declares that “No eternal reward will forgive us for wasting the dawn.” That was the mentality that Outer Banks surf icon Delbert Melton, who passed away on March 15, had every day while paddling out to catch a wave. In the song, Morrison tells how he walked down to a pier and met two women—one named Enterprise and the other named Freedom. It’s safe to say while many around him were enterprising, Delbert M

From Manteo to the Metropolitan Opera

From Manteo to the Metropolitan Opera

Tshombe Selby will debut in solo role April 10 – May 13 in NYC

The Metropolitan Opera, “Champion” will be live streamed at the Kill Devil Hills Movies 10 on April 29th at 12:55 pm. Tickets available at

When Tshombe Selby was a child, he loved singing so much he would sing all day on his front porch. “My Aunt Madam gave me a piano and I would be on the screened-in front porch out there just screaming at the top of my lungs to the point

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Maggie Miles is a freelance journalist and content writer, serving as the designated on-call freelance reporter for the Coachella Valley for the New York Times national news desk. Her portfolio includes contributions to publications such as the New York Times, BBC, MSN, WRAL-TV, Daily Press, WTKR-TV, Source Weekly, Outer Banks Voice, and the San Juan Daily Star. With a focus on stories that delve into the deeper cultural implications of current events and trends, exploring how they shape the human experience and our perception of the world, Maggie uncovers stories ranging from workplace corruption and sexual harassment to education, gun violence, social justice, and the environment. In addition to news and investigative pieces, her coverage extends to features in the arts, health and wellness, travel, and in-depth profiles on fascinating people and businesses.