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Isis Isn’t Dead Yet

Mother Jones
September/October 2018

The story of a transnational, madcap plot to blow up Times Square leads back to the Philippines — and America’s oldest sins.

Photo Credit  Peter Van Agtmael  for the New York Times Magazine

Photo Credit Peter Van Agtmael for the New York Times Magazine

The Seventh Generation

The New York Times Magazine
January 31, 2017

How a group of Lakota teenagers kicked off the biggest environmental moment in a decade.

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Calves in Confinement

The Intercept
October 8, 2018

An expedition into the heart of California’s dairy country shows a gaping hole in the heart of animal welfare laws.

The Terror Connection

Mother Jones Magazine
September, 2018

The Solar Warriors of Pine Ridge Reservation

February 19, 2018

Fantasy Island

Foreign Policy
January 16, 2018

Exporting British Columbia’s abundant energy resources should have been a slam dunk. How a multibillion-dollar dream went up in smoke.



A Final Fight for the Keystone Pipeline

Rolling Stone
October 11, 2017


Land of Fire

Vice Magazine
April 3, 2017

A ragtag group of park ranchers goes head-to-head with ranchers, corrupt officials, and narco-traffickers to save North America’s largest tropical rain forest.

These Are the Defiant Water Protectors of Standing Rock

National Geographic Magazine
January 26, 2017

The Youth Group that Launched a Movement at Standing Rock

The New York Times Magazine
January 31, 2017



“He pretended he was going to quit. She pretended to believe him.”

Cambodia's Journalists are Dying to Save the Forest

Vice Magazine
September 1, 2016

From Cocaine Cowboys to Narco-Ranchers

Foreign Policy
July 8, 2016

As the drug trade took over Central America, drug barons found an exotic new option for laundering their cash: cows.

"The Field of Battle is the Courts of Justice" 

Foreign Policy
April 5, 2016

"When the audience filled the courtroom, they found 38 boxes full of bones."

Guatemalan Soldiers Stand Trial for Sexual Slavery

Al Jazeera America
February 25, 2016

Bringing Up the Bodies

Al Jazeera America
February 23, 2016



Dead Air

The California Sunday Magazine
November 18, 2015

Why Ayahuasca is Having a Moment

Men's Journal
October 27, 2015


"You face jaguar woman, and as you suckle at her breast, she throws you off into a pit of vipers."

Demystifying Ayahuasca: an Expert Guide Through the Ritual

Men's Journal
October 15, 2015

If a Tree Falls in a National Park

Foreign Policy
October 6, 2016

Invading the Amazon

Al Jazeera America
September 23, 2015


"He was mining gold from the river bottom when the raiders came."

In Peru's Amazon, Gold Miners Under Fire

Al Jazeera America
September 21, 2015


“You’ve got to be kidding me,” she said. “A fucking Baptist?”

A Friend in Need

The Texas Observer
January 21, 2015



Machine Gun Artist

Men's Journal
September 17, 201


"It may serve as a metaphor for the project as a whole that for 18 months they left a family inundated in its own shit."

Crossing the Line (cover)

The Texas Observer
September 17, 2014

Greg Abbott Strikes Back

The Texas Observer
August 1, 2014

Guatemalans Aren't Just Fleeing Gangs

The New Republic
July 13, 2014

This Land is Our Land

The New York Times Magazine
May 16, 2014

Licensed to Kill

The Texas Observer
May 1, 2014

Get in the Zone: Corporate America's False Confession Problem

The New York Times (Sunday Business)
March 8, 2014




"As the president lays dying something new is being born."

Attack of the Lizard People: Navigating America's Conspiracy Theory Underworld

The Texas Observer (cover article)
November 18, 2013


This American Life
October 11, 2013

Anatomy of a Tragedy

The Texas Observer
August 28, 2013


"We left you a present, the voice on the other end said. Will you pay now?"

The Most Dangerous Job in the World

The New Republic
June 3, 2013

Iron Hands Behind the Pine Curtain

The Texas Observer
January 10, 2013



Pipeline Protest Draws Pepper-Spray from Authorities

The New York Times
November 23, 2012

"Jason Dix had only been waiting a few minutes when the drug deal went bad."

Paging Mr. Big

The Tyee
November 9, 2012

Fehrenbach's Texas

The Texas Observer
October 12, 2012


"More than 70 percent of Houston's residents are minorities. So why is it represented almost entirely by white Republicans?"

No Shows: Why Texans Don't Vote

The Texas Observer (cover article)
September 27, 2012


"'It doesn't matter if you're going to get your teeth kicked in. You go out there and fight.'"

"Old Texas Tale Retold"

The New York Times
May 7, 2012

The Long Road Home

The Texas Observer
March 30, 2012

"Thirty years ago, in a now-vanished Austin neighborhood in Austin, a simple act of kindness changed Gene Galbraith’s life forever."

Keeping Time in Lockhart

The Texas Observer
February 2, 2012

Caldwell Czechs In

The Texas Observer
January 9, 2012



Bad Medicine

The Texas Observer
November 10, 2011

Here's the Drill

Texas Monthly
October 1, 2011


"If you ever want to clear a room in Haskell, Texas, here's how."

The Boy from Haskell

The Texas Observer
September 21, 2011

Cuero Bets on Fracking

The Texas Observer
September 8, 2011


"Before everything happened, Anne Mitchell said, Kermit, Texas had a good little hospital."

Old Boys Network

This American Life
June 3, 2011

Get Your Norteno Out of My Conjunto

The Texas Observer
March 20, 2011

Intent to Harm

The New York Times
March 17, 2011



The Extra-Lite Gov

The Texas Observer
October 28, 2010

This State Runs on Clean Natural Gas

The Texas Observer
May 9, 2010


"'Before her conversion, she was shooting through the corporate ranks of Planned Parenthood.'"

Conversion Story

The Texas Observer
January 28, 2010