My name is Luke and I'm a Mexican-American reporter based out of Brooklyn, New York. My work in journalism began as a small-town reporter in rural Ohio, chasing ledes and cutting teeth in a town of 20,000. It's where I learned to write a feature, file a FOIA, and chase a lede — or get scooped trying. But most importantly, it's where I learned that local news can still make national waves.

Shortly after graduating, I moved to New York City and freelanced my way through six months of rent with help from the newsrooms of New York Public Radio, NPR, and Investopedia. In January 2019, I found a year-long home at The Atlantic, where I helped take pitches for branded content and turn them into stories with voice, teeth, and flare — that, and begged my ediors to let me write about food. As an early-career journalist, I have spoken at the 2018 Nation Student Journalism Conference and the 2020 Oberlin Journalism Symposium; joined the National Association of Hispanic Journalists; and drove through the night to attend a data journalism workshop with the Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Over the last 24 years, I have camped, hiked, and backpacked through 22 of the 60 U.S. National Parks and driven across the country three times in search of North America's best street tacos. My most recent adventure led me to Eater, where I attempt to write about local news in a city of 8.6 million people. Feel free to say hi at fortney@eater.com.

Here's where I've been so far this year:

Chilo’s. Abu's Homestyle Bakery. Giuseppina’s. Speedy Romeo’s. Los Tacos No. 1. Jing Fong. Peaches Hothouse. Ugly Baby. Root & Bone. Casa Enrique. Pizza Moto. Taqueria. Bourke Street Bakery. Little Tong Noodle Shop. Hometown Barbecue. Chez Ma Tante. Barboncino Pizza. Xi’an Famous Foods. Noodle Pudding. Chavela’s. Doris. The Fly. Miscelanea. San Pedro Inn. Gran Electra. Hunky Dory. Burger Joint. Win Son. A&A Bake and Doubles. Insa. Joya. Le Sia. Threes Brewing. Superiority Burger. Lamazou. Crown Shy. Baodega. The Food Sermon. Redhook Tavern. Court Street Grocers. Saraghina. North China Dumpling. Emily. Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop. Pig and Khao. Halal Guys. Rahi. MáLà Project. Death & Co. Uncle Boons. Raku. Freeman’s. Bernie’s. Poppy’s. Milkmade. Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter. Taco Stand on 6th and 28th. Veselka. Szechuan Mountain House. Win Son Bakery. Her Name is Han. Cosme. Brooklyn Cider House. LaRina Pastificio. Hai Di Lao. Lilia. Cafe Rue Dix. Meme Chengs. Lucali. Olea. Birria Landia. Bumu. Suya Bowl. Mokyo. Joe's Shangai. Boca Santa. Miss Ada. Calaca. Kiki's. Thai Diner. Levain Bakery. Zabar's. Chubby Princess. MeMe's Diner.