A recent article titled, “Where Have All the Manly Journalists Gone?” expounds on the pussification of the modern male journalist. I understand that newsrooms and reporting used to be (and in many ways still is) a boy’s club, and so the writer is romanticizing that period. But this article should really be called, “Where Have […]Read more "Reporters, Then and Now"
This month marks 20 years since the Srebrenica Massacre, the genocide committed in southeastern Europe. It happened during the Bosnian War, one of the deadliest modern wars and one that often gets overlooked. I know and worked with a lot of former Yugoslavians–Bosnians, Croatians, and Montenegrins. And they all have one thing in common: that […]Read more "Country Disappeared"
I spent some time with a man who was recently released from jail after over 25 years for a murder he might not have committed. His name is Richard Lapointe, a simpleton with mental disabilities whose supporters say was not capable of pulling off the horrific crime years ago. During my time doing this story, […]Read more "Life On The Outside"
In 1989, Richard Lapointe, a simple man with mental disabilities, was living in Manchester, Connecticut and working dead-end jobs like washing dishes and bagging groceries when he was arrested for the rape and murder of his then-wife’s grandma. Bernice Martin was stabbed 11 times, tied up, and her apartment was set on fire. A jury […]Read more "Hey Serial, Here’s Your Next Podcast"
It’s been a decade without Hunter Thompson. The world is a scarier, more confusing place for it. Since his suicide on Feb. 20, 2005, Thompson’s legacy and cultural impact have grown exponentially. The man ended his life just like the way he lived it: with a bang. His hilarious insight and blunt observations are missed, […]Read more "10 Years Without Hunter Thompson"
I’ve been thinking about some funny moments while covering stuff as a reporter, and this one about a PETA protest (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) comes to mind. I was sent out to cover the protest at Hartford’s Bushnell Park while interning at the Hartford Advocate (RIP). It was the sort of throw-away […]Read more "Blowback"