I covered a number of beats during five years working as a metropolitan reporter for The New York Times: social services, Brooklyn Federal Court, and "sin and vice," among them. Here's a selection of some of my news coverage. (Click each headline for the full story.)
The New York Times, March 1, 2013
A front-page report on federal judges around the country who are teaming up with prosecutors to create special treatment programs for drug-addicted defendants, an effort intended to sidestep drug laws widely seen as inflexible and overly punitive.
The New York Times, May 14, 2012
A front-page report on the criminal conviction of Pedro Espada Jr., the former Democratic state senator who fought his way through a perennial cloud of suspicion to the top ranks of state government only to later become one of the most glaring examples of endemic corruption in the capitol.
The New York Times, April 29, 2012
A rare terrorism trial yielded the rarer spectacle of admitted terrorists testifying for the government they had sworn to fight — and against one of their own. The testimony provided an unusually human window into their normally secretive world.
The New York Times, Oct. 17, 2011
For decades, New York City officials grappled with how to reduce the population of people living on the streets, who are often mentally ill or addicted to drugs or alcohol. A Bloomberg administration strategy was able to help reduce street homelessness in the Bronx by 80 percent. This front-page report tells the story.
The New York Times, Dec. 9, 2011
Testimony at the criminal trial of a low-wage baggage handler at Kennedy International Airport revealed a culture of corruption among some of the airport's baggage handlers. They stowed drugs in secret panels inside planes; stole laptops, lobsters and fine clothing flown as freight; and rifled through passengers’ belongings for perfume, liquor and electronics. This front-page report tells the story.
The New York Times, Nov. 10, 2010
A front-page report on an elaborate scheme to defraud a reparations fund for Holocaust victims. My first-ever story for The Times.
The New York Times, Oct. 15, 2012
A poignant little moment from a random day in court.
Wild Animals On the Loose!
I'm including a couple of stories that still make me laugh, from a weird little stretch when wild animals happened to escape while I was on assignment. There was the Bronx Zoo snake and the all-but-extinct eastern cougar.