Selected Clips

Oy, the TRAFFIC. And it’s POURING! Do I hear SIRENS? Why local TV news never changes. Columbia Journalism Review, May 2017

At RT, News Breaks You The Russian-funded news outlet has been accused of helping to swing the election to Trump. Could such a fly-by-night cable channel be that powerful? Bloomberg Businessweek, May 2017

Beyond Alt Understanding the Extremely Reactionary, Burn-It-Down-Radical, Newfangled Far Right. (Lead author, with Max Read.) New York, April 2017

The Life and Death and Rebirth of Boston’s Counterculture How Boston lost its underground cool (and might just get it back). Boston Magazine, February 2017

What It’s Like to Read Fake News Two Weeks Straight A dangerous stunt for dangerous times. Politico Magazine, January 2017

The World vs. Alan Dershowitz The firebrand lawyer has defended everyone from Claus von Bulow to O.J. Simpson. Now he’s facing his toughest case yet — his own. Boston Magazine, December 2016

Bad Landlord How NYC’s notorious Steve Croman mastered the dark art of replacing low-income tenants with rich ones. Bloomberg Businessweek, October 2016

59 Minutes with Bradley Tusk The Uber Lobbyist Who Wants to Take Down Bill de Blasio. New York, September 2016

Free Willy Bluest of blue bloods Bill Weld, gunning for high office, with nothing left to lose. Boston Magazine, September 2016

Lost at Sea with Rob Gronkowski Three days on a party boat with America’s favorite frat brother. Boston Magazine, May 2016

The Artifice of the Deal How an old hotel, covered in glass, underwitten by his father, became Donald Trump’s first big success as a “self-made” man. Politico Magazine, May 2016

Who’s Your Daddy? The Miami tycoon who made Marco Rubio Bloomberg Businessweek, March 2016

Bill Hite Has the Hardest Job in the Country The impossible mission to save the poorest large urban school district in the country Philadelphia Magazine, February 2016

How Roger Goodell Turned the NFL Into a Political Machine ESPN, January 2016

The Invisible Man Mike Huckabee: niche media master, flailing presidential candidate.  Politico Magazine, October 2015

The Condo King Goes to City Hall You want his penthouse apartments. He wants your vote. Philadelphia Magazine, September, 2015

The Taxi King’s Last Stand New York’s bad-boy yellow cab mogul in the age of Uber. Bloomberg Businessweek, August 2015

2,000,558 Ed Bassmaster Fans Can’t Be Wrong Want to understand YouTube fame? Head to Northeast Philly. Philadelphia Magazine, November 2015

Eating Kale and Dodging Paparazzi with Margot Robbie Elle, August 2015

Does Boothbay Harbor Have a Vodka Problem? Meet the liquor magnate convulsing a beloved Maine resort town Boston Magazine, June 2015

Why Is Amtrak Terrible? An investigation. National Journal Magazine, April 2015

The Gamble: How a Small New Jersey University Lost Its Big Atlantic City Bet The higher ed scandal down the Shore. Philadelphia Magazine, May 2015

A Long, Occasionally Contentious, Consistently Amusing Interview with Retired, Stubbled, Book-Hawking Congressman Barney FrankBoston Magazine, March 2015

Covering the CPAC Brat Pack: “There are only so many times you can highlight the moral crap factory that is a bunch of white neo-confederates listening to ‘Turn Down for What.'”  National Journal Magazine March, 2015

Natalie Guercio’s Mob Rules On the most controversial member of the most bananas reality show on television. Philadelphia Magazine, February 2015

Michael Nutter Will Leave Philadelphia Bigger, Cleaner, Smarter, and Safer Than He Found It. So Why Don’t We Like Him? Answer within. Philadelphia Magazine, January 2015

The Ballad of Buddy Cianci A political antihero confronts reelection, mortality, and a marinara sauce scandal. Boston Magazine, October 2014

Can Silicon Valley Hack Washington? The tech world’s radical plan to conquer Washington. National Journal Magazine, October 2014

The Billy Pulpit Digital media soothsayer Jim Brady tries to save local news. Again. Philadelphia Magazine, October 2014

How Margaret Sullivan Transformed the Role of the NYT Public Editor On the ombudswoman of the 21st century. Salon, October 2014

Dinesh D’Souza Is Winning How the shunned, scandal-plagued conservative filmmaker–facing jail time–became more powerful than ever. National Journal magazine, September 2014

Pot. Pills. Stacks of cash. How did two grads of the elite prep school graduates wind up launching the wrong kind of start-up? The inside story of the Main Line Takeover Project. Philadelphia Magazine, August 2014

“I’m Right and Everybody Else Is Wrong. Clear About That?” On the early, early campaign trail with Bernie Sanders. National Journal Magazine, June 2014

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Lie Detector Test Frank Rizzo Jr. runs for mayor. Against a ghost. Philadelphia Magazine, June 2014

The Last Interesting Centrist: Can Michael Smerconish Save Cable News? Just maybe. Washington Monthly, June 2014

Rape Happens Here: Inside the Swarthmore College Sexual Assault Scandal What happens when a small, Quaker college confronts a contemporary campus epidemic? Philadelphia Magazine, May 2014

Larry Lessig, Off the Grid – Harvard internet superstar goes into the wild for a quixotic political campaign. The New Republic, February 2014

Jon Gosselin in the Wilderness – A reality star confronts reality. Philadelphia Magazine, June 2014

The Clinton-in-Law – Chelsea’s mom-in-law runs for office. Skeletons are dragged out of closets. Politico Magazine, December 2013

A Girl Called Maria – Searching for the elusive red carpet with Philly’s latest It Girl. Philadelphia, November 2013

The Ultimate Underdog – What’s it like to run a losing campaign against a political behemoth? On the trail with Chris Christie’s doomed opponent. Newsweek, September 2013

The Controversial David Magerman – How a brilliant hedge funder-turned-philanthropist divided Philadelphia’s Jewish community. Philadelphia, September 2013

It’s Ori Feibush’s World. We Just Live In It. – Meet Philly’s gentrifier-in-chief. Philadelphia, June 2013

A Week at the Best Bad Bar in Philadelphia – Saying goodbye to the not-quite-beloved Best Western bar. Philadelphia, February 2013

Obama: A Great President for Blacks? – The answer might surprise you. Washington Monthly, January 2013

Fresh Air’s Terry Gross: The Queen of “Like” – An unlikely appreciation. Philadelphia, December 2012

The Myth of the Coach – What Joe Posnanski’s hagiographic Joe Paterno biography says about our collective coach-worship. The New Republic, November 2012

Broken LivingSocial Scene – Can LivingSocial conquer Washington D.C.? Washington City Paper, November 2012

The Clintonites’ Beef with Obama – Basically, they miss Bill. Washington Monthly, September 2012

Planes, Trains, and Conspiracy Theories – An exurban Virginia county descends into political chaos. Featuring swingers parties and Vikings. Washington City Paper, July 2012

The Other Ellipse – The untold story behind the fiasco at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Washington City Paper, May 2012

The Great Escape – Did One NGO Lie About Its Role in Syria? The New Republic, May 2012

Straight Dope: The Bizarre Politics of the Roger Clemens Steroids Trial – Democrats and Republicans, divided again. The New Republic, May 2012

Jeffrey Toobin’s Big Week – With Obamacare hanging in the balance, a taxonomy of a lost week. The New Republic, May 2012

The Nutty Professor: In the Classroom with Newt Gingrich – What’s it like having Newt Gingrich teach you history for a semester? The New Republic, December 2011

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