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The Times Union


The man who vanished

Robert Hoagland went missing in Connecticut a decade ago. Richard King’s death in a rural Catskills community only partially solved the mystery. December 2022

Story of homeless veterans displaced by migrants was false

Homeless men say they were recruited to pose as displaced vets

Two reports debunking a story that had gone viral in conservative media — that homeless men had been evicted from a hotel for asylum-seekers sent by New York City. My reporting was picked up by CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, and others. May 2023

‘Her life matters’: A mother’s fight for traumatic brain injury care

How one family’s struggle to access neurobehavioral treatment and services illustrates care and coverage gaps for TBI survivors. My reporting led to the state Office for People with Development Disabilities issuing an RFP to change its care-delivery process. April 2023

How Sean Maloney lost — and Mike Lawler won — in the Hudson Valley

A powerful House Democrat lost to a freshman GOP state assemblyman in a district that leans left. What happened? November 2022 (Won an award for news writing from the New York Press Association)

A murder that never happened prompts debate about media ethics

Mid Hudson News falsely reported a murder in Newburgh. Does it matter that the digital outlet claims the city stymies the free flow of information? December 2023

Ulster County human rights commissioner fired amid inquiries into offensive language
Tyrone Wilson, chair of Ulster County’s human rights commission since 2020, was fired following questions from me about his repeated use of offensive language. April 2023

How Trump’s alleged fraud worked at his Dutchess County club
Among 11 properties named in Attorney General Letitia James’ complaint is Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley, where the former president allegedly ran four schemes to inflate the value of the club. September 2022

My author page for The Times Union is here.

The Guardian

The family whose Black Lives Matter sign shook their conservative town

In the tiny Catskills community of White Sulphur Springs, there are a couple dozen Trump signs—and one house with Biden and Black Lives Matter signs. But even though everyone knows each other, there isn’t much dialogue. September 2020

Perhaps the best dinosaur fossil ever discovered. So why has hardly anyone seen it?
Two feuding families, a Montana rancher called the Dino Cowboy, and one of the most exciting paleontological finds of the century. July 2019, recognized by

The New York Times

Sacred Songs, Secular Spots

A profile of the Renaissance Street Singers, an atheist choir that performs in the streets of New York. April 2013

Bringing Bebop Back Home
At Bill's Place, a jazz speakeasy in Harlem. November 2014

A Place That Plucks Heartstrings

Visiting a West Village guitar salon, in the footsteps of Paul Simon. February 2014

Yes! Magazine

Return to Nature

Green burial goes beyond not polluting. It's about people needing and caring for land, conducting life-affirming activities there—including death. September 2019, cover

The Unique Arts Festival Where Performers Play for Their Health Care

Reporting on O+ Festival in upstate NY, which establishes a radical community-betterment exchange. November 2018

Other selected features... 

The Siren Song of the Mighty Towa Towa

On empire, nostalgia, transnational economies, finch singing competitions, and the Caribbean. Roads & Kingdoms/Explore Parts Unknown, May 2017

Visiting an Experimental, Do-It-Yourself Library in Brooklyn

At the Sorted Library, a library/art project about archiving, memory, collections, and discovery. Literary Hub, July 2018

How a 27-Year-Old College Dropout Is Simplifying Health Care

A profile of an innovative digital health care company. Fortune, October 2016

Street Fight
In and amongst the community-led redevelopment efforts of Brownsville, Brooklyn. BKLYNR, August 2013

What's Behind the Texas Breakfast Taco Wars
On gentrification and food politics in Austin. Extra Crispy, June 2016

Can Starbucks Make It In Italy?

An historical look at Italian coffee culture, or: the grande caramel macchiato comes to Milan. Extra Crispy, August 2016

The River Newsroom

Is Inpatient Behavioral Health Care Gone for Good in Ulster County?

An investigation into whether Westchester Medical used the pandemic as an excuse to get rid of inpatient psych and detox in Kingston. September 2020 (Awarded Best Digital News Project in its class by the Local Media Association)

Dutchess County Sheriff's Deputy Under Investigation for Social Media Posts

An investigation into racist online activity by the president of the local PBA—which led to the officer's suspension. March 2021

'Stop and Frisk' Finds Few Guns, Many Critics in Kingston

A joint law enforcement campaign made over 1,300 stops, but nabbed only five firearms. January 2021

My author page for The River Newsroom is here.


Pharma's Climate Plan

The industry is rarely mentioned among the major polluters—and companies are intensifying sustainability efforts to ensure it stays that way. November 2021

The Art of the P̶o̶s̶s̶i̶b̶l̶e̶ Doable

How COVID-19 became a galvanizing event for the use of real-world data. September 2021

The Caregiver Conundrum

Healthcare marketers have finally acknowledged the importance of reaching caregivers. May 2021

'Let's Activate the Universe'

Inside health-tech's efforts to spur better recruitment for clinical trials. May 2020

Best Behavior
Two behavioral marketing campaigns illustrate the challenges of resonating with patients. March 2020

Saving Face?

Facebook's reputation as a responsible steward of personal data took a hit with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. How are its patient communities responding? September 2018

Brooklyn Magazine

Voices Carry
Out in Sunset Park with the copwatch group El Grito. September 2015

Letting Go
A cover profile of Noah Baumbach, on the occasion of While We're Young. March 2015, cover

Strange Ways: The Long Journey of Howard Fishman

In Brooklyn and Helsinki with the itinerant folk musician. September 2015

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