I’m an investigative journalist specializing in criminal justice and business. As a reporter at the New York Times for almost a decade, I covered courts and business. I still write for the Times, along with the New Yorker, Wired, Marie Claire and other publications.
My New Yorker story on a man who had been imprisoned for almost 20 years helped prompt the retrial, and acquittal, of the defendant.
My latest stories are for the Times, on how prosecutors are getting out of paying for wrongful convictions; Marker, on what it’s really like to become an overnight millionaire (a profile of RxBar founder Peter Rahal); and Marie Claire, where I profiled the PR powerhouses behind the Lede Company. In July, for Wired, I wrote about how girls in small-town Belmont, New Hampshire, dealt with cyberstalking, sextortion and online harassment for years—until they fought back, involving police, federal prosecutors, the DOJ and the Secret Service. For Marie Claire, I interviewed Beth Comstock on how she was the highest-ranking woman at GE—until she wasn’t.
For the Times, I've covered subjects including the “Jane Crow” treatment of women of color in the foster care system; the Vincent Asaro "Goodfellas trial"; the pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli; Loretta Lynch, the ex-attorney general; ex-Brooklyn district attorney Charles Hynes; former congressman Michael Grimm; former state senator John Sampson; FIFA; a first-of-its-kind civil case where a bank was sued for financing terrorism; and various Al Qaeda, ISIS, gang and murder cases.
I've also written about legal issues including why the U.S. is trying so many foreigners here, whether prosecutors can require silence around subpoenas, how lawyers are favoring jurors with no opinions on anything and how prosecutors are eavesdropping on attorney-client communications from jail. On the lighter side, I've also written about everything from walking my cat on a leash to why women's clothing sizes are so maddening to the life-saving lineage of a Westminster dog show contestant. All of my Times articles are accessible at this link. Here are some of my favorites:
* The “Jane Crow” foster-care system punishes low-income women of color by removing their children.
* As his hedge fund collapsed, Martin Shkreli did too.
* Walking out of prison with Freddie Cox, who did 28 years for a murder that records suggest he didn't commit.
* The storied bloodline of a racing husky/Westminster dog show contender.
* A series on the tenuous rebirth of American manufacturing, starting with a look at U.S. textile factories returning — just without the corresponding workforce. Here's part two and part three of that series.
* If you think your family has high expectations for filial duty, imagine what it's like to be a Von Trapp running the family business.