Andy Kopsa is a freelancer crafting her career from longform journalism, specializing in investigations. She has written for The Atlantic, The Nation and even Teen Vogue and was the recipient of a 2013 Knight Grant for Reporting on Religion in American Public Life from USC Annenberg.
For The Nation, she tracked down LGBT inmates in Cameroon. Spent time with a mother who was gang-raped in front of her child for a piece in Cosmopolitan. And looked at the shaming of possible rape victim for the Riverfront Times, an alternative weekly in St. Louis. She admits it can be a difficult career path. “It takes a lot out of you,” she says. I spoke with Kopsa about how she does it, what it takes to balance the workload, and how she learned to deal with the financial unpredictability.