Selected

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

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

“We Were The Wolf Pack”

Poynter Online, June 17, 2011

How the New York City tabloid media misjudged the Central Park Jogger case.

Full article: “We Were The Wolf Pack”

Criminal Justice, Journalism, Poynter, Selected

How To Stop Suicide By Cop

Pacific Standard, February 21, 2011

Every year police kill nearly 400 civilians, some of whom use officers as instruments of their own deaths. A growing movement is training police not to kill citizens — even when they seem to be asking for it.

Full article: How To Stop Suicide By Cop

Criminal Justice, Journalism, Miller-McCune, Selected

The Police Suicide Problem

The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, January 12, 2010

Being a cop is a dangerous job — and not just for the obvious reasons. Suicide kills more officers every year than homicides or accidents at work. But what does society owe the families of those for whom this high-stress job is too much to take? One widow answers: respect.

Full article: The Police Suicide Problem

Criminal Justice, Journalism, Selected, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine

The Killing of Jamie Dean

Salon, September 5, 2007

Police in rural Maryland staged a military stakeout and shot a troubled Army vet. As his family plans to sue, they are asking how a soldier being treated for PTSD could be shipped to Iraq.

Full article: The Killing of Jamie Dean

Criminal Justice, Journalism, News, Salon, Salon, Selected