As a freelancer for the Chicago Reader and other Chicago publications, I specialized in community news and long-form reporting. Here are some of my favorite pieces.
This article involved extensive interviewing of an Iraqi torture survivor living in Chicago who had recently published a book about his experience.
An investigation of the role politics and economics may have played in how the Illinois Department of Natural Resources handled management of the threatened eastern massasauga rattlesnake.
Political intrigue surrounding an aldermanic race.
How a lawyer, a waiter, a teacher, a minister, and a tourist got swept up in a mass arrest during an Iraq war protest.
A Chicago landmark gets gutted.
A hospital merger worries employees, community residents.
More of my work for the Chicago Reader here.
Some of my early material is not available online. Here are a couple of human interest stories.
And here are two articles on law enforcement in African-American neighborhoods, including an analysis of the impact of a controversial community policing ruling.