"The Young Trump"
New York, January 9, 2017
Until very recently, and to all outward appearances, Jared Kushner was just another socially striving young businessman with inoffensively Bloombergian political values. Then his father-in-law ran for president, and Kushner — the boyish proprietor of a family real estate firm and a Manhattan newspaper — was catapulted into a position of unimaginable power. As Kushner prepared to take on his new role as President Trump's most trusted adviser and enforcer in the West Wing, his old friends were confused, wondering whether he really shared their values and worldview — indeed, whether he had ever really belonged to their world at all. In fact, Kushner was more like his father-in-law than anyone imagined.
"Most Likely to Destroy a Governor"
New York, September 18, 2016
David Wildstein, an obscure former suburban mayor and anonymous political blogger, always worked in the shadows of New Jersey government. Then he went to work for his old high school classmate, Chris Christie. Dirty tricks and disaster ensued. A tale of boyhood ambition and a bridge too far.
New York, June 26, 2016
For a man accused of espionage and effectively exiled in Russia, Edward Snowden is also, strangely, free. I followed the N.S.A.'s most wanted man as he traveled America in robotic form, coordinating an impassioned campaign against surveillance — and for clemency — from a keyboard in Moscow.
"Et tu, Tribe?"
New York, July 28, 2015
Laurence Tribe, the eminent Harvard law professor, was a mentor to his student Barack Obama. But when he took on a controversial case, fighting the White House climate plan on behalf of Big Coal, he placed his relationship with the president in jeopardy, along with his reputation as one of the country's foremost constitutional scholars.
"Your New Landlord"
Bloomberg Businessweek, May 21, 2015
Adam Neumann, a long-haired Israeli entrepreneur, claimed to have invented a new kind of workplace for a new generation of itinerant freelancers. His fun-loving, beer-swilling startup, WeWork, was valued at $5 billion at the time this cover story appeared. (Later venture capital rounds increased its valuation to $16 billion.) Was the rapidly expanding company for real, or just the beneficiary of a Silicon Valley bubble? To look for the answer, I decided to go to work there.
“The Pierre Omidyar Insurgency”
New York, November 2, 2014
The billionaire founder of eBay was a mild-mannered Obama supporter looking for a way to spend his time and fortune. Edward Snowden’s leaks gave him a cause — and an enemy.
National Journal, July 19, 2014
Digital tools are becoming more and more central to the process of winning your vote. Just how far can technology reach? A cover story on the immense amount of money and—and hype—surrounding political targeting, featuring a rare look inside the Koch brothers' highly secretive voter data mining operation.
of a Campus Coup”
New York Times Magazine, September 16, 2012
When the University of Virginia’s secretive board abruptly fired the school’s president, they set off a rebellion and thrust the school into a national debate about the future of higher education. A cover article exploring the inside story behind the failed ouster.
on the Line”
New York Times Magazine, July 31, 2011
A multifaceted cover story about El Paso, written at the height of the vicious drug war in Ciudad Juárez, the neighboring metropolis just across the Rio Grande. “One side is Texas; the other, Mexico. The border’s way of life — its business, legitimate and otherwise — has always relied upon the circumvention of this dividing line.”
Was Fired Today”
New York, March 21, 2011
Once deified, now demonized, teachers are under assault from union-busting Republicans on the right and wealthy liberals on the left. And leading the charge is a woman most famous for losing her job: former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee.
"The Fall Of Intrade And The Business Of Betting On Real Life"
BuzzFeed, February 20, 2014
The website Intrade was dedicated to a radical-sounding proposition: that free markets could be used to reliably forecast elections and other world events. Over a tumultuous decade of existence, it made fervent converts out of hedge fund investors, Las Vegas gamblers, Washington journalists, and a small cadre of economists who specialized in theories of prediction. But when the offshore futures exchange's chief executive died on top of Mount Everest, the end was all too foreseeable.
Stake in the Sand”
New York Times Magazine, March 21, 2010
Some beachfront homeowners in Destin, Florida decided they would rather see their beaches erode than share their sand with the tanning masses—and they fought their case all the way to the Supreme Court.
Fast Company, July/August 2012
Entrepreneur Justin Kan had youth, ingenuity and famous technology investors on his side. But after five years, four complete shifts in business plan, and one Congressional investigation, he had one last chance to make his live video business work. The story behind Twitch, the “e-sports” website that would later sell to Amazon for nearly $1 billion.
In, Bulb Out”
New York Times Magazine, June 3, 2011
How many scientists does it take to make a better light bulb?
The New Republic, March 12, 2010
Beneath Coles Hill, a historic Virginia plantation, there sits a mineral deposit that could be worth billions. There’s just one problem: the mineral is uranium.
“The Octopus Conspiracy”
Wired, February 4, 2011
Rachel Begley always wanted to know the truth behind the mystery of her father’s murder. Then she stumbled upon a community of internet conspiracy theorists—and discovered a suspect.
New York Times Magazine, March 5, 2006
Since the Clinton Administration, the federal government has demolished many of the nation's most notorious public housing projects. But it has created little to replace the subsidized housing. To fill the void, many cities are experimenting with set-aside programs designed to capitalize on gentrification.
Mustard Base: A guide to South Carolina barbeque and the Republican primary”
Capital New York, January 18, 2012
The news is dated. The restaurant recommendations are not.
Capital New York, November 28, 2011
A lighthearted trip through the many works of Newt Gingrich: historian, political philosopher, zoo enthusiast and lunar visionary.
The Nation, September 1, 2008
What the Mitchell Report tells us about baseball’s steroid era, and what it misses.
The New Yorker, October 11, 2004
A group of foreign dignitaries come to observe the 2004 election.
Obama! Young Buck's Already Big in Kenya”
New York Observer, August 2, 2004
During the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, a Kenyan delegation attempts to meet up with a little-known Senate candidate from Illinois.