A selection of the narrative work I've done over the years - a mix of short features that grew from beat coverage and longform stories that I spent months reporting and writing.


 
 
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The Way to Survive It Was to Make A's
The New York Times Magazine, Sept. 7, 2017

This feature tells the story of a little-known experiment from the late 60s and early 70s to integrate 20 prep schools in the South. It explores the opportunities and costs for a pioneer group of black students at one of those schools, Virginia Episcopal. (A version of this story appeared on This American Life.)

 
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On the Brink In Brownsville
The New York Times Magazine, May 4, 2014

This feature was my first for The Times Magazine. I profiled a boy named Shamir and his friends, spending a summer with them as they fought off boredom and temptation while navigating the streets of Brownsville, Brooklyn.

 
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Behind the Red Door
The New York Times, May 30, 2014

This is the first piece I wrote as the sin and vice reporter for the metro section of The Times (an assignment that inspired its own coverage). The story takes readers inside a brothel in the city's theater district. I go inside a brothel in the city's theater district. Yikes!

 
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Fallen Dean's Life, Contradictory to Its Grisly End
The New York Times, Dec. 10, 2012

I was the lead writer on a team of reporters that pulled together this front-page feature, which profiled the bizarre life of a university dean who killed herself while on trial for fraud.

 
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The story of New York's First Black Police Officer, Told With the Help of Langston Hughes
The New York Times, June 26, 2015

The story of Samuel Battle, the man who led the desegregation of the New York Police Department and who history might have forgotten if not for the work of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.

 
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Meth Finds a Market in New York
The New York Times, June 5, 2015

Gay and bisexual men flocked to New York in search of sexual freedom but they found darker things with it - H.I.V., homelessness and social isolation. Many also found a deeper shame: using crystal meth became central to their sex lives.

 
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At Smith's Bar in Manhattan, One Last Drink Under the Neon
The New York Times, Oct. 30, 2014

A fun little piece marking the final days of a Times Square institution. "The neon-lit corner of 44th Street and Eighth Avenue has stayed the same for decades, hosting Broadway stagehands, prostitutes, tourists and commuters, drunks, Hell's kitchen residents, sailors - even a murder and a suicide. Now it is going the way of, well, the rest of the old Times Square area."

 
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Court Details a Fatal Family Feud From Brooklyn to Pakistan
The New York Times, May 22, 2013

The tale of the Choudhry family, detailed in hundreds of pages of court documents, was a feud of Shakespearean proportions, sprawling across two continents and the shifting cultures that the immigrants and their American children inhabited. 

 
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Obstacles at Every Turn For Plow Crew
The New York Times, Dec. 29, 2010

What happens when I spend the night with a snow plow crew, following the blizzard of the century.

 
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Dreams Deferred
INDYWeek, Aug. 2, 2006

A longform feature about the complexities of one man's struggles to overcome addictions and to find meaningful, legal work through a city jobs program, and about how that program faltered, leaving participants on the edge.