THE LOST PROSPECTS OF CUBA
ESPN THE MAGAZINE / JUNE 2017
Hundreds of baseball players have fled Cuba in the last three years, only to find themselves trapped by a dream.
INSIDE NIKE'S TOP-SECRET SNEAKER LAB
WIRED / OCT 2016
The cover story for WIRED's 2016 Design Issue.
THE GREATEST AMERICAN INVENTION
POPULAR MECHANICS / JULY 2016
Over the last two decades the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been rocked by the velocity of technological change and roiled by "patent trolls." Could it be that the biggest impediment that innovators now face is the very system that was created to protect them?
BAD RAP: THE SURREAL SAGA OF BOBBY SHMURDA
GQ / JUNE 2016
One minute he was a hip-hop sensation starting a viral dance craze, the Shmoney Dance, and rhyming about guns and drugs and murder. The next he was locked up, indicted on a slew of charges involving ... guns and drugs and murder. The government's case against Bobby Shmurda, now heading to trial, raises all kinds of nagging questions, but none more troubling than this: Does the justice system fundamentally misunderstand the world of rap?
THE PROSECUTION OF THABO SEFOLOSHA
ESPN THE MAGAZINE / DEC 2015
On an April night in New York City, the Hawks forward was injured and arrested by the NYPD. This is the exclusive story of how, in the aftermath, he became what he never wanted to be: a civil rights symbol.
FEDERAL INVESTIGATIONS INTO CUBAN SMUGGLING, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SLOW
ESPN / AUG 2015
Federal agents at Homeland Security, the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys Office of the Southern District of Florida had been quietly probing alleged links between Major League Baseball and the criminal rings that smuggle elite baseball players out of Cuba. And then something happened: Washington and Havana ended their Cold War.
THE GADGET BROTHERS
POPULAR MECHANICS / DEC 2014
Mike and Dan Dubno are master tinkerers whose innovations have altered global finance and television news. But their greatest creation is Gadgetoff—a madcap festival where science and technology's biggest names gather to flaunt prototypes, blow stuff up, and peer straight into the future.
THE BURNING DESIRE OF TEXAS A&M
ESPN / NOV 2014
Fifteen years after the horrific bonfire collapse that killed 12 students at Texas A&M University, undergraduates there are again building—and setting ablaze—a monstrous conflagration on the eve of the final football game of the season. An immersion into the cult of the Aggies.
NO ONE WALKS OFF THE ISLAND
ESPN THE MAGAZINE / APRIL 2014
In spring 2012, Yasiel Puig fled Cuba via a human-trafficking underground that specializes in bringing elite baseball players out from under the Castro regime and into Major League riches—for a price. This is the story of how the cost of Puig's journey, in both money and human lives, shadows him still. The result of a five-month investigation that began in November 2013, and a finalist for a 2015 National Magazine Award in reporting.
THE DOCTOR WILL SAVE YOU NOW
ESPN THE MAGAZINE / SEP 2013
When their careers are hanging by a tendon, the world's greatest athletes turn to him. A profile of Dr. James Andrews as he enters the twilight of his orthopedic career.
THE ULTIMATE BETTING MACHINE
ESPN THE MAGAZINE / MARCH 2013
How did Bob Voulgaris become the world's top NBA gambler? By teaming up with an Ivy League math prodigy to build one very valuable black box.
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?
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 the CNBC documentary series American Greed.
ESPN THE MAGAZINE / DEC 2011
On the highly peculiar relationship dynamic between a PGA golfer and his on-course manservant.
THE SHANGHAI NUMBERS
THESTREET.COM / 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 one ship owner's ordeal, and a reckoning of the global cost of the high-seas hijackings that have plagued one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.
The story of Yves Rossy, a Swiss fighter pilot who dreamed of flying like a bird.
From his handmade airstrip hacked out of the veldt near Kruger National Park, C.C. Pocock, African bush pilot, runs what has to be the zaniest flight school on the planet. But if you want to learn how to set your Cessna down onto a dry stream bed packed with wildebeests—and survive to tell the tale over whiskeys with your mates—there's no better place to do it.
Secrets of a gravedigger.
THE TEAM PLAYS, THE BAR PAYS
CHICAGO READER / DEC 2006
For this semipro rugby club, the party never ends.
For almost sixty years, the weekly St. Louis Evening Whirl brazenly attacked criminals, exposed the sexual peccadilloes of the local black bourgeoisie, and racked up millions of dollars in libel claims—most of the time in iambic rhyming couplets. The life story of the country's least discriminating newspaperman.
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.
Is Tom Lemming the most powerful man in college football?
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.
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.