Choice Clips

Here’s a sample of my writing, including some of my favorites:

How Likes Hijacked the 2010s

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In this Fast Company long read, part of our end-of-the-decade series, I explored the history of Facebook’s like button and its enduring influence on advertising, culture, and commerce. Full Story

Way Down Under The Ground

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I spoke with director Rachel Chavkin and scenic designer Rachel Hauck about how they created the look for the Tony-winning musical Hadestown. Full Story

Jailed For Facebook In Myanmar

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I went to Yangon, Myanmar, and spoke with free-speech activists fighting to change a regressive telecommunications law. The country is experiencing a wave of prosecutions for Facebook posts deemed to be defamatory or insulting to the military and government. Full Story

The Trophy Hunting Paradox

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I went to Kenya to speak with wildlife conservationists about new efforts to save the country’s wild animals. Kenya banned trophy hunting in the 1970s, but many wildlife species continue to disappear at alarming rates. Full Article.

Chris Christie’s Hot Wheels

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I teamed up with our politics writer David Sirota for this scoop about how New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie procured a free Corvette for a radio host who interviewed him every week. The host was one of the only members of the local press with direct access to the governor. Full Article.

Invasion of the Seaweed

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I reported from Tulum, Mexico, on the puzzling increase of sargassum seaweed washing ashore in coastal towns and threatening Mexico’s $154 million tourism industry. The problem in 2015 had hospitality workers on edge as everyone wondered when, or if, the onslaught would let up. Full Article.

Nonprofits Crushed By Facebook

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As organic reach has declined in the Facebook news feed, nonprofits told me they were unable to share vital information with their members. Some say the huge social network has a responsibility to better accommodate the nonprofit sector. Full Article.

History Meets Histrionics

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I reviewed the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton for Newsweek, and yes, I fawned over it as much as everyone else. Full Article.

Amazon and Retail: A New Normal

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Part of IBT’s three-part series exploring Amazon’s business model: I spoke with brick-and-mortar retailers who had lost the fight against the online behemoth, or were fighting tooth and nail to hold on. Full Article.

Cozy With Comcast

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A follow-the-money story showing how cable industry interests donated heavily to two Republican architects of a plan to derail the FCC’s net neutrality efforts. Full Article.

A Gay Mecca Awaits Its Fate

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I spoke with longtime patrons of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, called the birthplace of gay civil rights, on the eve of a decision by the New York Landmarks Commission to designate the property a historic landmark. The fight to protect the tavern reflects broader challenges faced by preservationists in pro-development New York. Full Article.

A Bloodbath On Broadway

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I reviewed American Psycho, a musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s novel, which dripped with great 1980s camp but struggled to realize a greater purpose. Full Article.

The Problem With Tech’s Most Important Law

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I wrote a long read for Backchannel about the evolution and future of Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act. The law established crucial legal protections for websites, but over time has grown to become a protector of privilege and power. I spoke with the two lawmakers who wrote the statute about whether it still works as intended. Full Story.

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