False information has reached a crescendo, but it’s hardly a new phenomenon. Originally published in Saturday Evening Post. ON A RAINY MORNING IN MAY 1917, residents of Boise, Idaho, opened their city’s newspaper to see column after column of World War I dispatches. One report stood out from the rest. It topped page 4, next […]
Most of these stories open as PDFs. Stress Test (on measuring stress hormones in conservation research) Room to Roam? (on wildlife during the pandemic) Hope Rising (on the Endangered Species Act) Going the Distance (on bird migration) A Plague of Plastics Power Play (on sexual harassment among wildlife) When Animals Grieve Going Native (on the […]
Click here for “Poultry waste plant that has polluted in the past gets new approval in Robeson County,” Border Belt Independent, May 2022.
Chronological order, oldest to newest. The Vanishing Act (Food & Environment Reporting Network, August 2019) After years of burying complaints about hog-farm pollution, North Carolina officials began posting them online. What changed? (Also published in The Guardian and McClatchy North Carolina papers.) Raising a Stink (Food & Environment Reporting Network, December 2019) Rural North Carolinians sued the world’s largest hog producer over […]
A highly personal list, alphabetical by author. Click here for previous lists. Nikki Haley’s Time for Choosing Tim Alberta, Politico https://www.politico.com/interactives/2021/magazine-nikki-haleys-choice The type of surefooted, readable profile that comes from interviewing nearly 70 friends, associates, donors, staffers, and former colleagues. An Act of God Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/06/14/the-murder-scandalizing-brazils-evangelical-church A Pentecostal minister in Brazil, […]
Click here for “The Contested Swamps of Robeson County,” The Assembly, September 2021.
Click here for “Battle Hymns of the Old South,” The Baffler, March 2021.
DURING THE 2020 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION, America fell in love with 13-year-old Brayden Harrington, who talked about bonding with Joe Biden over their shared experience of stuttering. During the Biden presidency, you’re likely to hear a lot about people who stutter. I’d like you to hear from us directly. Here is some work about stuttering, […]
A highly personal list, alphabetical by author. Click here for previous lists. How Gillian Welch and David Rawlings Held Onto Optimism Hanif Abdurraqib, The New York Times Magazine Even during a catastrophe year, it’s possible to find creative energy, as this profile of a great songwriting duo shows. Stuck in Central China on Coronavirus Lockdown and Evacuation from […]
Particularly since Minneapolis police killed George Floyd in May 2020, civil-rights activists in the county seat and former textile-mill town of Graham, N.C. have clashed with both neo-Confederates and law enforcement. He is my coverage for The Washington Post. Local stories July 29, 2020: Is Any Protest a Threat to Public Safety? Oct. 31, 2020: […]