Writing

Selected clips:

CRIME & CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Thousands of Criminal Cases in New York Relied on Disputed DNA Testing Techniques
ProPublica, 9/5/17
*This story was co-published with The New York Times and featured on the front page of its print edition.

DNA Dragnet: In Some Cities, Police Go From Stop-and-Frisk to Stop-and-Spit
ProPublica, 9/12/16

Machine Bias: There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks.
ProPublica (with Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson and Surya Mattu), 5/23/16
*The “Machine Bias” series was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in the Explanatory Reporting category, the winner of a Scripps Howard Award in the Digital Innovation category, and a finalist for the National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence Award in the Online Project: News category.

Remembering the Drug Court Revolution
Pacific Standard, 4/25/14

A Truly Fateful Night: Flonarza Byas was an unlucky man
The Uptown Chronicle, 1/22/10
*This story won Columbia Journalism School’s Louis Winnick Prize in 2010

ENVIRONMENT

A Mission to Cover Up the (Lightly) Radioactive Legacy of Ridgewood
Capital New York, 11/14/12

Killing the Colorado: Explore the Robot River
ProPublica (with Abrahm Lustgarten, Al Shaw, Jeff Larson, Amanda Zamora and John Grimwade), 5/26/15

Killing the Colorado: What You Need to Know About the Water Crisis in the West
ProPublica (with Abrahm Lustgarten, David Sleight and Amanda Zamora), 5/27/15
*The “Killing the Colorado” series was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in the Explanatory Reporting category

BUSINESS

Minority Neighborhoods Pay Higher Car Insurance Premiums Than White Areas With the Same Risk
ProPublica (with Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson and Surya Mattu), 4/5/17
*This story was a finalist for the Online News Association’s Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award and the winner of a Media Industry News Award in the Investigative category in 2017.

Postage Due: The USPS is running out of money. Where does that leave magazines?
Columbia Journalism Review, May/June 2012

AOL Settled with Unpaid “Volunteers” for $15 Million: Why the HuffPost bloggers won’t be so lucky 
Columbia Journalism Review, 2/10/11
*This story was a Mirror Award finalist in 2012

DIGITAL SECURITY

How to Ditch Photo Metadata
Columbia Journalism Review, 12/5/13

Old Law, New Tricks: Can we modernize the Electronic Communications Privacy Act?
Columbia Journalism Review, November/December 2013

Why Journalists Can Still Trust Tor
Columbia Journalism Review, 10/8/13

MEDIA CRITICISM

Self-Regulation Done Right: How Scandinavia’s press councils keep the media accountable
Columbia Journalism Review, 4/24/12

DART: The Portland Press Herald blurred an important line with its donation of ads during an election
Columbia Journalism Review, March/April 2011

LAUREL: A Texas Monthly reporter and an intrepid attorney worked to free an innocent man
Columbia Journalism Review, January/February 2011

BOOKS/ART/FILM

Making of a Modernist: Djuna Barnes’ newspaper days on display at the Brooklyn Museum of Art 
Capital New York, 2/13/12

When Bad Journalism Kills: An essay on Absence of Malice
Columbia Journalism Review, 7/15/11

Anatomy of a Journalist: Janet Malcolm’s Iphigenia in Forest Hills
Columbia Journalism Review, 4/13/11

ETC.

Stock Up Now Before It’s Too Late: Should you buy a year’s supply of freeze-dried food?
Slate, 12/3/12

Farting Puppets: The Terrific, Bizarre World of Danish Kids’ TV
The Awl, 3/22/12

Occupy Scandinavia’s Long Winter
The Awl, 1/18/12