Stories I’ve done

After finishing a five month, 18,000-mile solo road trip in early January 2016, I am now looking for another full-time reporting job. Here are some stories I’ve done since 2012, when I first started doing nationally-recognized reporting, to give a sense of what I can do for a potential employer.

SF Weekly (freelance, 2015-2016)

  • Prior Excessive Force Complaints for Officers Who Shot Mario Woods (link)
  • Rape Victim Sues SFPD, Alleges Police Told Her To Go On “Date” With Rapist, Never Tested Kit (link; written with Chris Roberts)

Cleveland Scene features, in chronological order (staff writer, 2013-2015)

  • The Never-Ending Pain of the Boy Scouts’ ‘Perversion Files’ (link)
  • Worth More Dead Than Alive (link)
  • Inside the Biggest Heroin Bust in Northeast Ohio History (link)
  • Turmoil at the Museum: Inside the Affair, Suicide and Abrupt Resignation That Rocked the Cleveland Museum of Art (link; co-written with Sam Allard).
    • Awards: 2014 Association of Alternative News Media, second place, investigative reporting (link)
  • Degenerate, Inc.: The Paranoid and Obsessive Life of a Mid-Level Bookie (link)
  • The Brothel of Bedford: The Prostitution Bust and the Corrupt Officials Who Went Down with It (link)
  • A Traffic Ticket and a Bullet Through the Chest (link)
  • Freedom Trolls: The Legally Obnoxious Antics of the Activists Behind ‘Cop Block’ (link)
  • Sex, Politics and Revenge: Lawrence Mitchell Was Supposed to Bring Stability to Case Western Reserve University’s Law School, Not Treat It as His Personal Pickup Playground (link)
  • Roofie Island: A Summer of Reported Druggings and Rapes on Put-in-Bay, Lake Erie’s Party Destination (link)
    • Note: Scene’s most read feature story ever.
  • 150 Years of History, Gone in 10 Hours: The Day Garrettsville Went Up in Flames (link)
  • Father Under Fire: A Westlake Church Rallies Around its Pastor After Charges that He Sexually Abused His Adopted Daughter (link)
  • Who Shot Chris Heben? The Strange Tale of a Former Navy SEAL and the Suburban Shopping Plaza Shooting that Never Happened (link)
  • The Program: Meet the East Tech Scarabs, a Cleveland Team Actually Worth Rooting For (link)
  • ‘You’re Lucky We Didn’t Shoot Him’ (link)
  • Club Coke: Inside the Investigation that Brought Down a West Sixth Street Cocaine Dealer (link)
  • Smoke and Tires: On the Road with the Wheelie Kings of Cleveland (link)

Top Cleveland Scene blog posts/daily reporting (staff writer, 2013-2015)

  • Police Report: Johnny Manziel Involved In Massive Fight Late Friday Night at The 9 in Downtown Cleveland (link)
  • Meet the Pro-Slavery Fairview Park Auxiliary Cop (link)
  • Cleveland Police Officers Lobbied Judge On Behalf of Indicted Nightclub Owner in Previous Cocaine Distribution Case (link)
  • After Two Nights in Jail, More Than 50 Nonviolent Protesters and Observers Released On Monday Morning (link)
  • Inside the Ohio Derby: Thistledown Racino’s Largest Purse Draws Horse Racing Elite (link)

Deadspin features (contributing writer, 2012-2013)

  • “Dangerously Excessive”: How Washington State Football Confronted, And Didn’t Confront, The First Bad News Of The Mike Leach Era (link)
  • “I Do Not Fit The Mold You Would Expect”: Meet The Pharmacist, The FedEx Courier, And Other Dreamers Who Applied To Coach Wisconsin Football (link)
  • “I’m Down For Drinks, Laughs, Sex”: The Sexual Harassment Claims That Brought Down Toledo’s Running Coach (link)
  • All The Angry Emails Sent To UCLA By Fans Who Hated The Ugly New Zubaz-Style Uniforms (link)
  • How North Dakota Lost Its Mind Over A “Choke Job” (link)

I also submitted records requests and got documents for these stories written by Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky (2012-2013):

  • Cash-Strapped Southern Miss Tries To Wring More Money Out Of Its Schedule, Considers Canceling BYU Series (link); ‘In The Oil Business, We Call It A Dry Hole’: Angry Letters Boosters Send The AD When The Football Team Goes 0-12 (link); How America Commie-Baited A Baseball Hero (link); Emails: Reporters Pester Urban Meyer About Hernandez (And Tebow) (link).

All of my Cleveland Plain Dealer stories can be found here (reporter, summer 2012)

Daily Kent Stater (enterprise reporter, 2012)

  • ‘Cope Court’ donor withdraws $1 million gift (link)
    • Awards
      • 3rd place, breaking news (large newspaper), 2013 Region 4 SPJ Mark of Excellence Award
  • The courting of Cope: Behind the scenes of a $1 million withdrawal (link)
    • Awards
      • 1st place, best print story (four-year school), Cleveland Press Club 2013 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards
      • National finalist, in-depth reporting (large newspaper), 2013 SPJ Mark of Excellence Award
      • National finalist, online in-depth reporting (large), 2013 SPJ Mark of Excellence Award
      • 1st place, in-depth reporting (large newspaper), 2013 Region 4 SPJ Mark of Excellence Award
      • 1st place, online in-depth reporting (large), 2013 Region 4 SPJ Mark of Excellence Award
      • 3rd place, multimedia news story of the year, Associated Collegiate Press.
  • 90Ksu reached with help of department money (link)
    • Awards
      • 1st place, best print sports story (four-year school), Cleveland Press Club 2013 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards
      • National Finalist, online sports reporting (large), 2013 SPJ Mark of Excellence Award
      • 1st place, sports writing (large newspaper), 2013 Region 4 SPJ Mark of Excellence Award
      • 1st place, online sports writing (large), 2013 Region 4 SPJ Mark of Excellence Award
  • Board highlights praise, hides criticism in Lefton evaluation (link; written with Rex Santus)
    • Awards:
      • 2nd place, best print story (four-year school), Cleveland Press Club 2013 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards
      • 2nd place, in-depth reporting (large newspaper), 2013 SPJ Region 4 SPJ Mark of Excellence Award
      • 2nd place, online in-depth reporting (large), 2013 Region 4 SPJ Mark of Excellence Award

 

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