The False Promise of DNA Testing
The Atlantic / June 2016
The forensic technique is becoming ever more common. And ever less reliable.
THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE / FEB 2015
Can amateur journalism bring justice to Rio’s favelas?
WIRED MAGAZINE / JAN 2015
From multinational cartels to credit-muling schemes, smartphone theft is on the rise. Can it ever be stopped?
Smithsonian Magazine / May 2017
A remarkable discovery in Eastern Europe brings a legendary tale of survival back to life.
The Atavist Magazine / October 2015
Thirty-three years ago, a Chicago man was sentenced to death for a double murder on the city's South Side. In 1999, another man confessed to the crimes. Why are both men now free?
A Shtetl Divided
Harper’s Magazine / Jan 2011
Brawling Hasidim, Messianic vigilantes, and the fight for the soul of Jewish Brooklyn (subscribers only).
Half a century ago, an American commando named John Hartley Robertson vanished in the jungles of Laos. In 2008, he reappeared in Vietnam, reportedly alive and well. But nothing was what it seemed.
Smithsonian Magazine / March 2016
Tracking snow leopards in the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan.
SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE / FEB 2015
In the remote reaches of Russia’s Far East, an orphaned female tiger is the test case in an effort to save one of the most endangered animals on earth.
GQ / SEPT 2014
Under Jewish law, a woman who wants out of her marriage can’t just call 1-800-DIVORCE. The man has to initiate. And sometimes he needs a little… persuasion.
GQ / Sept 2015
Inside the battle between Adidas and Nike.
THE ATAVIST MAGAZINE / FEB 2013
The story of a tragic shipwreck and its aftermath. A finalist for a National Magazine Award in Reporting and a Livingston Award for Young Journalists. Anthologized in Best American Magazine Writing 2014.
NEW YORK MAGAZINE / DEC 2011
The hunt for the killer of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky.
The New Republic / Oct 2013
Covering the war in Syria is becoming increasingly dangerous for professional journalists. That’s where these guys come in. A dispatch from the makeshift media capital of the Middle East.
Men’s Journal / Apr 2014
Killers, armed robbers, and drug dealers in Thailand’s notorious Klong Prem prison have one shot at honor, money, and maybe even freedom – fighting Western pros in jail-yard matches.
FORTUNE MAGAZINE / APR 2013
Ilya Zhitomirskiy was supposed to be the next Mark Zuckerberg. He had the startup, the crowdfunding, the loyal following. And then everything fell apart.
Winds of Change at Dyson
Fast Company / October 2015
Can the pioneering vacuum-cleaner maker transform itself into a full-blown tech company? An exclusive look inside the house that suction built.
New York Magazine / Jul 2012
An afternoon in the park with the true believers of the web's most influential community.
NEW YORK MAGAZINE / JUN 2013
A nonhierarchical workplace may just be a more creative and happier one. But how would you feel if the whole office voted on whether to hire you—and when to give you a raise?
SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE / DEC 2014
A frenzy of conflicting scientific analyses have made the famous pharaoh more mysterious than ever.
New York Magazine / Feb 2014
No one knew teenagers like Abercrombie and its eccentric CEO, Mike Jeffries. But taste can be so fickle.
New York Magazine / Oct 2012
Will One57 become the tallest ghost town in the world?
68 MINUTES WITH MATT TAIBBI
NEW YORK MAGAZINE / APR 2014
Raging against hacks with the muckraker turned magazine-maker.
134 MINUTES WITH FRANK SERPICO
NEW YORK MAGAZINE / SEP 2013
A Hudson stroll with the NYPD’s most famous whistle-blower and aging Casanova.
91 MINUTES WITH DAVID MILIBAND
NEW YORK MAGAZINE / SEP 2013
The Parliamentarian learns to blend into a crowd.
New York Magazine / Feb 2012
Building a better shame-delivery system.
New York Magazine / Nov 2012
How a Chabad class picture gets made.
SURVIVOR, LAST PULLED OUT
NEW YORK MAGAZINE / SEP 2011
An entry in an ASME-winning 9/11 encyclopedia.
The Renegade Jew
New York Magazine / Dec 2012
Meet David Lawrence, a white, middle-aged, resolutely right-wing Republican ex-convict with a killer right hook, a fancy apartment on the Upper East Side, barely any cash in the bank, a doctorate in literature from CUNY, three hip-hop albums, and five books of poetry under his belt. From the 2012 Reasons to Love New York issue.
Ponce De Leon Never Searched for the Fountain of Youth
Smithsonian Magazine / Jun 2013
How did this myth about the Spanish explorer even get its start?
Dead Books Club
New York Magazine / Aug 2012
New York Magazine / Apr 2011
Saving Prospect Park’s geese, preemptively.
Bull’s Best Friend
New York Magazine / Jan 2012
Lorax for a loaded symbol.
Finding Mud to Sling
The Daily / Mar 2012
The dirt you heard about your favorite politician didn’t just fall from the sky.
Book Reviews And Essays
The King’s Messenger, by David B. Ottaway
The Washington Post, May 2009
The Informers, by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Bookforum, September 2009
Chasing the Rising Sun, by Ted Anthony
The Los Angeles Times, June 2007
The Long Goodbye, by Meghan O’Rourke
Bookforum, April 2011
The life and times of Ota Benga, resident of the Bronx Zoo.
The Daily, December 2011
Scott and Hem
Inside a famous friendship.
The Los Angeles Times, June 2009
How should we read Knut Hamsun?
The Los Angeles Times, October 2009
The Long War
The trials and tribulations of the German writer Hans Fallada.
Tablet, February 2009
Are hyperrealistic military games driving home the reality of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, or simply exploiting them?
Foreign Policy, October 2010
Die, Pitchfork, Die!
The music site that everyone loves to hate.
Slate, November 2006
The Quest for the Perfect Video Game Face
Crossing the uncanny valley, slowly.
Salon, February 2008
Agents of Change
Meet the two guys who are about to blow up Washington’s book industry.
Washingtonian, February 2015
The creative life and untimely death of Ace Hotel founder Alexander Calderwood.
Fast Company, August 2014
Knocking back sliders with competitive eater Miki Sudo.
Mental Floss, August 2014
The Yogurt That Ate New York
The unlikely rebirth of a dairy town in the dumps.
New York Magazine, September 2013
The Republic of Red Hook
Sandy hit hard. But neighborliness is waterproof. A feature-length entry in the 2012 Reasons to Love New York issue.
New York Magazine, December 2012
The Rise of Northside
How the eight-day, multi-venue music festival whistled past the ‘graveyard.’
New York Magazine, June 2013
Not Quite Copenhagen
Inside the bike lane wars.
New York Magazine, March 2011
The Lawsuit(s) Against Law Schools
Disgruntled lawyers take to the courts.
New York Magazine, March 2012
The Zuckerbergs of Dobbs Ferry
The social network did not fall far from the tree.
New York Magazine, May 2012
The science of fighting.
Popular Science, August 2012
The Detectives’ Lunch Club
When cops hit a dead end and a case goes cold, there’s just one dining club to turn to.
Mental Floss, May 2013