Journalism

What I learned about journalism at the New York Post

Columbia Journalism Review, July 31, 2017

…”The New York Post taught me to read people quickly and to be brave in pursuit of a story. Asking intimate questions of strangers and powerful people is always going to be frightening. But you can’t be a journalist if you can’t handle the fear. You can’t even pretend you’re trying to get to the truth if you’re too scared or lazy or careless to ask the important question, or fight over a misleading headline with your editor, or acknowledge that the article you spent all day running around for is so trivial that it might as well be “fake.”…

Full article: What I learned about journalism at the New York Post

Columbia Journalism Review, Essays, Journalism, Selected

Mug Shot: Julia Dahl

Mystery Writers of America, March 8, 2016

On the occasion of the paperback launch of RUN YOU DOWN, I talk to the Mystery Writers of America about bad reviews, what I’m reading, and why I don’t outline.

Full article at Mystery Writers of America

Journalism, Press

Arrested for allegedly stealing $5 of food, mentally ill Virginia man dies in jail

CBSNews.com, September 7, 2015

A Virginia judge order Jamycheal Mitchell to receive treatment at a hospital, instead he died in August after waiting 3 months for a bed to open up

Full article: Arrested for allegedly stealing $5 of food, mentally ill Virginia man dies in jail

CBSNews.com, Criminal Justice, Journalism, Selected

Was the South Carolina shooting a hate crime or terrorism?

CBSNews.com, June 21, 2015

Alleged Charleston mass shooting suspect Dylann Roof has the “All-American” look experts say we are often reluctant to associate with terrorism

Full article: Was the South Carolina shooting a hate crime or terrorism?

CBSNews.com, Criminal Justice, Journalism

What I read while researching novels about the ultra-Orthodox

Jewish Book Council, March 16, 2015

Recommendations for books, articles and radio reports that helped me research my first novel, Invisible City, and its upcoming sequel, Run You Down. I hope they deepen your enjoyment of my books, spur discussion, and contribute to better understanding your fellow Jews.

Full article: What I read while researching novels about the ultra-Orthodox

Essays, Jewish Book Council, Journalism

Welcome to the Club

The Big Thrill, March 16, 2015

My column for the International Thriller Writers’ The Big Thrill blog about how support from writers like Gillian Flynn, Cara Hoffman, Lorenzo Carcaterra and Hank Phillippi Ryan has propelled my career as a novelist.

Full article: Welcome to the Club

Journalism

When is an “accidental shooting” really a crime?

CBSNews.com, March 16, 2015

One prosecutor told Crimesider that “if you’re just being careless with a gun and it goes off, that’s not a crime” – not not everyone agrees.

Full article: When is an “accidental shooting” really a crime?

CBSNews.com, Criminal Justice, Journalism, Selected

“Egregious assault on freedom of the press” in Ferguson, Mo.

CBSNews.com, August 14, 2014

As protests continue in Ferguson, Mo., in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, police are clashing not just with civilian demonstrators, but with journalists from some of the nation’s leading news sources.

Full article: “Egregious assault on freedom of the press” in Ferguson, Mo.

CBSNews.com, Criminal Justice, Journalism

Identity theft ensnares millions while the law plays catch-up

CBSNews.com, July 14, 2014

“Crime isn’t going down, it’s changing,” says University of Central Florida Chief of Police Richard Beary.

Full article: Identity theft ensnares millions while the law plays catch-up

CBSNews.com, Criminal Justice, Journalism

Washington man got gun back the day before murder-suicide

CBSNews.com, July 11, 2014

On Monday, July 7, one day before he shot and killed his wife and then himself at a Spokane medical center, Christopher Henderson was evaluated by sheriff’s deputies after co-workers called police to say he was threatening suicide. It wasn’t the first time Henderson had been the subject of a mental health check – but it would be the last.

Full article: Washington man got gun back the day before murder-suicide

CBSNews.com, Criminal Justice, Journalism