If you were to judge my life by this shitty website, it would appear that I have not been doing very much with myself in the past year.
That would be #fakenews
Despite the complete lack of updates in this forum I have, in fact, been doing things. One of those things includes getting a new job.
As of Jan.1, I am reporting for The Marshall Project, which is a nonprofit online news outlet focusing on criminal justice. If you’re not familiar, check them out HERE. They’ve been around about five years and won a Pulitzer a few years ago for the investigative reporting that ultimately spawned the Netflix series Unbelievable.
They’re based in NYC, but I’ll be staying here in Houston. I’ll be covering some of the same things, but also able to zero in on criminal justice issues anywhere in the country – not that there isn’t enough fuckery in the great state of Texas to keep me busy, though.
Here – harkening back to my tabloid days – is a listicle that exactly no one asked for, a quick round-up of the past year and all the various things I probably should’ve posted here but didn’t bother to. Enjoy! Or don’t.
- After launching in late 2018, I continued with my podcast and ended up pushing out 15 episodes. THIS was the most downloaded episode, for anyone interested in taking a listen.
- I also published more than 200 articles for the Houston Chronicle. Some highlights include a story about the family who once supplied lethal injection drugs for the Texas death chamber, a few dozen co-reported stories about a botched drug raid that ended with police shooting two innocent homeowners, heartbreaking stories about two different men who were killed by prison guards, and a story about gun deaths over a particularly violent weekend in Houston.
- Along with NBC News reporter Mike Hixenbaugh, I went very off-brand and did a four-part investigative series about child abuse misdiagnoses and wrongful removals. Stories HERE.
- Early in the year, I published a few stories with another online criminal justice outlet called The Appeal. The best of those stories, imo, was probably the investigation into New York’s shock incarceration programs.
- Over the course of many months, I wrote a long-form story for the Washington Post Magazine, looking at “gender-responsive corrections” and how women’s specific needs aren’t met in jails and prisons. It was part of a very cool issue about criminal justice, written and photographed entirely by people who were currently or formerly incarcerated.
- In the fall, I did a national tour with Pop-Up Magazine. Basically, a bunch of photographers/artists/reporters each reports out a narrative feature story and then performs it on stage. I did a piece about life on Texas death row, and the Pop-Up folks added animations and music courtesy a live orchestra. We did sold-out shows across the country, including NY’s Lincoln Center which was – of course – v, v cool.
Also, I got a book deal. YAYYY. Stay tuned for more on that in terms of timing, and when an actual release date would be.
So, that’s the round-up of my past year, more or less. Moving forward, I’ll try to post here SOMEWHAT more often. But for the most part I’m planning to use this space for just life updates at this point I think – because I think a lot of the people who follow me here are people who either know me IRL or are following me for personal updates. BUT if you – despite my general lack of posts here – have some thoughts on what kinds of posts you’d like here, feel free to email me or comment about what you’d like to see.
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