I covered a number of beats 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 my news coverage.
Outside Box, Federal Judges Offer Addicts a Free Path
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 meant to sidestep drug laws widely seen as inflexible and overly punitive.
Ex-State Senator Guilty of Theft From Nonprofit
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 cloud of suspicion to the top ranks of New York State government, only to become one of the most glaring examples of corruption in the capitol.
Testimony of Four Admitted Terrorists Gives a Rare View of Al Qaeda
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. Testimony provided an unusually human window into their normally secretive world.
Small Shelters and Persuasion Coax Homeless Off of Bronx Streets
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. A Bloomberg administration strategy was able to reduce street homelessness in the Bronx by 80 percent. This front-page report tells the story.
In Bags at J.F.K., Handlers Found Niche for Crime
The New York Times, Dec. 9, 2011
Testimony at the criminal trial of a baggage handler at Kennedy Airport revealed how handlers stowed drugs in secret panels inside planes, stole laptops, lobsters and fine clothing flown as freight, and rifled through passengers' belongings. This front-page report tells the story.
In Brighton Beach, Clues to Holocaust Case
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.
Missing From an Officer's Guilty Plea: A Crime
The New York Times, Oct. 15, 2012
A poignant little moment from a random day in court.
Wild Animals on the Loose!
The New York Times
Here are a couple of stories that still make me laugh, from an odd stretch of time when wild animals happened to escape while I was on assignment. I wrote about a missing snake at the Bronx Zoo and mysterious sightings of the all-but extinct eastern cougar.