Articles

 

The Mission (After building a superhero’s résumé, Eric Greitens is ready to save Missouri—and maybe then the nation. But as a politician, will he fly?

Winner, City & Regional Magazine Awards, for “Profile”

The Cure (Conversion therapy never had much success changing teenagers’ sexual orientation. The real change is the revelation—and condemnation—of the therapy itself.)

Finalist, City & Regional Magazine Awards, for “Feature Article”

Manifest Injustice (Is eyewitness identification enough when all the other evidence points to someone else—and the jury never hears it?)

Finalist, City & Regional Magazine Awards, for “Reporting”

The Last Wish (If you scan the media, it looks like half the world is trying to live forever and the other half is fighting for the right to die.)

“Best Feature Article,” Great Plains Journalism Awards 2016; Finalist, City & Regional Magazine Awards, for “Feature Article”

The Last Lemp (Is Andrew Paulsen a flesh-and-blood descendant of St. Louis’ famous family—or a pretender to the throne?)

Finalist, City & Regional Magazine Awards, for “Feature Article”

Will or Grace (Transgender identity is emerging as the next civil-rights frontier. But there still aren’t any easy answers to the question this St. Louis family faced: Do you let your 12-year-old tough it out in a body that doesn’t feel like hers, or take medical steps toward one that does?)

Finalist, City & Regional Magazine Awards, for “Profile”

A Tragedy No One Saw Coming (An entrepreneur’s brilliant idea won instant FDA approval. Eight years later, babies started dying.)

Finalist, City & Regional Magazine Awards, for “Reporting”

Deconstructing Bob Cassilly (He died too soon. But not before he taught us to see, and dare.)

Finalist, City & Regional Magazine Awards, for “Profiles.” Excerpted on Nieman Storyboard

Chasing the Dragon (The heroin epidemic hits St. Louis.)

Winner, “Newswriting,” Great Plains Journalism Awards 2012

A Family Erased: The Chris Coleman Story (Did Joyce Meyer’s bodyguard strangle his wife and young sons just to keep a high salary and a sexy mistress? And if not, who did?)

Finalist, City & Regional Magazine Awards, for “Reporting” + Great Plains Journalism Award 2012

Twist of Fate: Joplin’s Recovery (Six months after the deadly tornado whirled down and sheared the town in half.)

Finalist, with Jarrett Medlin, City & Regional Magazine Awards, for “Reporting” + Ranley Award, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, “Best Single Written Article”

In the Time of Cholera (Mass graves, epidemic illness, children orphaned in the earthquake, voters bloodied with machetes at the polls… The mystery is Haiti’s resilience.)

Ranley Award, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, “Best Single Written Article”

Want to Know a Secret? Jerry Berger Will Tell You Anything (The consummate gossip columnist finally reveals his own story.)

Finalist, Ranley Award, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, “Best Single Written Article”

Tough Kids Turning (A judge got fed up seeing kids in his courtroom and built them a school.)

Finalist, 2010 City & Regional Magazine Awards, “Civic Journalism”

Fertile Imagination (An organic farmer with a poet’s sensibility goes up against the realpolitik of agribusiness.)

James Beard Foundation Journalism Award + Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Award

Plight of the Gypsies (Home is where they have to take you in. But for Roma refugees, there’s no such place.)

Finalist, Nixon Newspapers Journalism Writing Award

 The Right to Answers (Nobody knew why the babies were dying near Weldon Spring. But the grownups couldn’t help asking whether the site’s toxic stew was to blame.)

 Society of Environmental Journalists Outstanding Feature Award

Guess Who’s Coming to Math Class? (Are kids with autism ready to be mainstreamed? Are schools ready to have them?)

National Education Writers Association Award

Judgment at Hookyville (In juvenile court, you see too much.)

National Association of Black Journalists, first place, Features

Sympathy for the Devil (A St. Louis judge took a hell of a risk on a violent drug dealer. And one of them learned his lesson.)

Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists, Best Print Feature

 

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