I’m currently an investigative reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle. Before that I wrote for a number of magazines. Some of my stories are linked below, and you can also view my archive on Longform.org.

Longer stories

Left in the Dirt
San Francisco Chronicle, November 2018; with Cynthia Dizikes

Working in a Wasteland
San Francisco Chronicle, July 2018; with Cynthia Dizikes

An Engineer’s Quest to Save Stephen Hawking’s Voice
San Francisco Chronicle, March 2018

Jerry and Marge Go Large
Huffington Post Highline, March 2018

What Bullets Do to Bodies
Huffington Post Highline, April 2017

Behind the Story: What Bullets Do to Bodies
By Elon Green, Columbia Journalism Review, May 2017

Notable Narrative: Jason Fagone and "What Bullets Do to Bodies"
By Davis Harper, Nieman Storyboard, June 2017

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week, April 28, 2017

The Sunday Long Read, April 30, 2017

The Gruesome November Night in one of Washington's Wealthiest Suburbs
Washingtonian, October 2016

Longform Best of 2016, Most Clicked

Urban Outfitters Bares All
Philadelphia magazine, August 2016

Meet the Ungers 
Huffington Post Highline, May 2016

The Serial Swatter 
The New York Times Magazine, November 29, 2015

The Texas Ranch Leading a Revolution in Pitching 
ESPN The Magazine, September 14, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen... Martha Graham Cracker! 
Philadelphia, September 2014

How a Squad of Ex-Cops Fights Police Abuses 
Mother Jones, August 2014

Grief in the Age of Paranoia 
Philadelphia, July 2014

The Secret to Getting Top-Secret Secrets 
Matter, June 2014

A Type House Divided 
New York, June 2014

Grantland, March 2014

Birdie Africa, The Lost Boy 
Philadelphia, March 2014

The Willy Wonka of Pot 
Grantland, October 2013

Patient No. 7 
Philadelphia, August 2013

How Grandmaster Susan Polgar Became America's Top College Chess Coach 
Wired, February 2013

Fergie Carey Would Like to Make a Wee Toast 
Philadelphia, January 2013

How Nerf Became the World's Best Purveyor of Big Guns for Kids 
Wired, September 2012

The Death (and Life) of the Philly Weekly and the Philly City Paper 
Philadelphia, June 2012

How a Reddit Comment Became a Big-Budget Flick 
Wired, April 2012

Schoolly D is Living the American Dream 
Philadelphia, April 2012

Bigger than Jesus 
Wired, August 2011

May the Best Nerd Win 
Wired, December 2010

The Man Who Duped City Hall 
Philadelphia, October 2010

Big Buck Hunter 
Kill Screen, Spring 2010

The Dirtiest Player 
GQ, February 2010

The Videogame Programmer Saving Our 21st-Century Souls 
Esquire, December 2008

Searching for Richardson Dilworth 
Philadelphia, December 2008

Jerry Blavat Finds the Fountain of Youth 
Philadelphia, May 2008

Horsemen of the Esophagus 
The Atlantic, May 2006

The Great Gusto of Jimmy Binns 
Philadelphia, February 2006

Shorter stories

The Sloppy Hi-Fi of John Vanderslice 
New Yorker, September 2014

The Construction of a Twitter Aesthetic 
New Yorker, February 2014

Neil Freeman's Alternative Geography 
New Yorker, March 2013

There's Gold in that Scrap 
New York Times Magazine, August 2011