THE DOCTOR WILL SAVE YOU NOW
ESPN THE MAGAZINE / SEP 2013
When their careers are hanging by a tendon, the pros turn to him. A profile of Dr. James Andrews as he enters the twilight of his orthopedic career.
NO ONE WALKS OFF THE ISLAND
ESPN THE MAGAZINE / APRIL 2014
In spring 2012, Yasiel Puig fled Cuba in the hands of black-market smugglers. This is the story of how the cost of Puig's journey, in money and human lives, shadows him still. The result of a five-month investigation that began in November 2013.
STROKE OF MADNESS
ESPN THE MAGAZINE / FEB 2013
The solitary act of swinging a golf club unites a hundred thoughts into one fluid second. So how, when the slightest glitch can destroy a career, has Tiger Woods managed to overhaul his swing three times? And, more important, why?
THE ULTIMATE BETTING MACHINE
ESPN THE MAGAZINE / MARCH 2013
How did Bob Voulgaris become the world's top NBA gambler? By building one very valuable black box.
ESPN THE MAGAZINE / DEC 2011
On the highly peculiar relationship dynamics between a PGA golfer and his on-course manservant.
ESPN THE MAGAZINE / NOV 2012
He was a coach and a mentor. A trusted advisor. A mover in the college hoops scene. But when financial scams caught up with David Salinas, he had nowhere to go but down. The basis for a March 2014 episode in CNBC's documentary series American Greed.
THE SHANGHAI NUMBERS
THE STREET / DEC 2010
A horde of tiny Chinese companies have gone public in the U.S. since the middle of the last decade, raising billions of dollars from American investors clamoring to get in on the world's fastest-growing economy. An award-winning investigation into the possibility that most of those companies are frauds.
The art of negotiating with Somali pirates. An award-winning chronicle of a ship owner's ordeal, and a reckoning of the global cost of the high-seas hijackings that continue to plague the world's busiest shipping lane.
C.C. Pocock, African bush pilot, runs what has to be the zaniest, most dangerous flight school on the planet. But if you want to learn how to put your Cessna down into a streambed full of wildebeests, and survive to tell the tale over whiskeys with your mates, there's no better place on earth to do it.
THE TEAM PLAYS, THE BAR PAYS
CHICAGO READER / DEC 2006
For this semipro rugby club, the party never ends.
Secrets of a gravedigger.
Youth football in Tampa's poorest neighborhood.
Bike couriers have the most exciting career it's possible to be totally exploited in. The founders of Chicago's first messenger collective think there's got to be a better way, and so they've braved the gritty streets to build a business in one of the most competitive, bare-knuckle industries around.
A salt aficionado searches the world for sodium terroir.
Brooklyn, Illinois, has one of the densest clusters of strip clubs and rubdown parlors anywhere in the country, drawing patrons from nearby St. Louis and its suburbs. Inside the clubs with the dancers, a strip-club scholar, the mayor, and the regulars whose dollars keep the depressed local economy afloat.
Is Tom Lemming the most powerful man in college football?
On mixing your father his favorite drink. "Gin rummy matches until sunrise; unspeakable weekends in places like the Bahamas. Epic times have been related to me in which these men would mix Stingers by the pitcher."
On the prowl with a Chicago huckster.
Three generations of legendary restaurateurs, and the way things always seem to end: badly.