The Atavist Magazine
A Harvard-trained lawyer was convicted of committing bizarre home invasions. Psychosis may have compelled him to do it. But in a case that became a public sensation, he wasn’t the only one who seemed to lose touch with reality.
(Winner of a 2022 Excellence in Journalism Award in longform storytelling from the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California chapter and a 2023 Greater Bay Area Journalism Award from the San Francisco Press Club. )
The New Yorker
A trip to the store with one of the secretive bureaucrats who fan out across America recording how much the price of milk or doggy day care has risen.
The New Yorker
Soon after Russia invaded Ukraine, a YouTuber from Kyiv started live streaming calls to strangers across the border.
Ciara McDonald, a single mother of three in Jackson, Mississippi, received $1,000 a month for a year — no strings attached. Here’s what happened.
Alaska's universal basic income program is beloved and effective. So why is its future at risk?
(Winner of a 2018 "Best in Business Award" from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing and a 2019 Excellence in Journalism Award in longform storytelling from the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California chapter.)
On cooking my mom's recipes for the first time during the pandemic, and grappling with mortality.
How a tech geek is using machine learning to hold human rights abusers accountable.
San Francisco Magazine
A father has spent two years behind bars on the brink of deportation. A new team of public defenders is his only hope.
Elisa Stephens and her family built an $800 million fortune converting student loans into questionably valuable art degrees and pouring the profits into San Francisco real estate. After two decades of blistering growth, her empire of false hopes is finally facing regulatory glare.
(Cited in the City of San Francisco's May 2016 lawsuit against Academy of Art University.)
Liz Elting founded one of America's leading translation companies with her boyfriend from business school. But nearly 20 years after calling off their engagement, the ex-lovers are waging an ugly battle for control that's landed them in corporate divorce court and may cost them their billion-dollar baby.
How a nomadic Syrian orphan became one of France's richest men.
The Village Voice
A pissed-off judge, a $3 million inheritance and a neglected autistic man.
The Washington Post
How a company using a rented mailbox in Chicago got millions of dollars from international agencies and the U.S. government, despite official allegations of lying and repeated sanctions.
City Limits / The New York World
For years, overloaded caseworkers at New York City's Adult Protective Services have struggled and sometimes failed to provide mandated services to the city's most vulnerable residents. At least twice, those failures contributed to the death of a client.
How hundreds of unlicensed assisted living facilities operate off the radar of Florida authorities.
For some public housing residents, the disaster brought a silver lining: a long-awaited paycheck and redress of housing issues that long preceded the hurricane.