Written Clips

Written Clips


Selected articles published in STAT, a national life science and medical science publication

My top 4 stories:

Reporting from Burkina Faso
"In a remote West African village, a revolutionary genetic experiment is on its way — if residents agree to it" - March 14, 2017
I traveled to Burkina Faso to learn how an international team of scientists was going to get the permission of locals to release genetically engineered mosquitoes that, once set free, might be unstoppable.

Reporting from New York
"One-on-one with Trump's doctor: Hecklers, house calls, and why Obamacare must be shut down" - December 21, 2016
I sat down with Dr. Harold Bornstein for three hours in his Manhattan office to learn about his life and his most famous patient. This was the only extended interview to date with the man who was then the President-elect's physician.

Reporting from Boston
"How Trump was named 'Grand Benefactor' for a Dana-Farber gala without donating a penny" - September 29, 2016
Trump's Florida home hosted a Boston hospital's annual galas, and the hospital bestowed honors on Trump when he did not give them any money. I scoured old hospital newsletters and shined a light on the President's supposed philanthropy. 

Reporting from Minneapolis
"Teaching medical students to challenge ‘unscientific’ racial categories" - March 10, 2016
Dr. Brooke Cunningham is trying to overturn racial stereotypes that are baked into medical education by teaching students that race is a social construct, not a biological category. I take you inside the classroom.

On EpiPens:

"As a competitor encroached, Mylan took one state to court to push EpiPen sales, documents show" - April 24, 2017
West Virginia wanted to save money for taxpayers by encouraging doctors to prescribe an alternative to the pricey EpiPen. But Mylan, which sells the EpiPen in the US, would have none of that, so they sued the state to stop the policy change.

"Mylan may have violated antitrust law in its EpiPen sales to schools, legal experts say" - August 25, 2016 - with Ed Silverman
A clause in an order form that some schools used to purchase discounted EpiPens required the schools not to buy competitive products. Is that allowed? STAT found the form, and Congressional scrutiny followed.

"High price of EpiPens spurs consumers, EMTs to resort to syringes for allergic reactions" - July 6, 2016
EpiPen prices increased by over 450 percent since 2004, encouraging patients and emergency medical responders to opt for regular needles instead of the expensive auto-injectors. This story helped focus public attention on Mylan.

On genetic engineering:

"College students try to hack a gene drive - and set a science fair abuzz" - December 14, 2016
Gene drives have the potential to quickly cause massive changes in entire populations of organisms, and college students came close to building one for a science competition. How did that happen?

"To halt the spread of Lyme, Nantucket residents consider genetically engineered mice" - June 7, 2016
An MIT professor has an idea that might get rid of Lyme disease on an island - and he needs the informed consent of the islanders before he starts the science.

"Top scientists hold closed meeting to discuss building a human genome from scratch" - May 13, 2016
At a closed-door Harvard meeting, scientists and entrepreneurs from all over the world met to discuss a new human genome project - to build the entire genome from the ground-up.

On football:

"Hospital exec Nabel, criticized for her work with NFL, defends her neutrality" - May 25, 2016 - with Bob Tedeschi
The president of a major Boston hospital is also the NFL's chief health and medical advisor. What was her role in a funding kerfuffle that drew Congressional scrutiny?

"After a public fall, the face of NFL concussion denial resurfaces" - April 28, 2016 - with Bob Tedeschi
Dr. Ira Casson became known as "Dr. No" for asserting that there is no evidence linking repetitive head trauma to long-term neurological problems. But he kept publishing research, which influenced the scientific literature - and scientists didn't want to publicly criticize it for fear that criticism would legitimize it.

"Can chocolate milk speed concussion recovery? Experts cringe" - January 11, 2016
University research supports the conclusion that a company's chocolate milk product can help student athletes recover from concussions. Is the science sound?

On Donald Trump:

"How Trump was named 'Grand Benefactor' for a Dana-Farber gala without donating a penny" - September 29, 2016
Trump's Florida home hosted a Boston hospital's annual galas, and the hospital bestowed honors on Trump when he did not give them any money.

"Donald Trump and the vitamin company that went bust" - November 4, 2015
An investigation into The Trump Network, which sold customized vitamins and scientific testing kits, claiming they would yield health benefits, all under Donald Trump's name. But according to many outside experts, the network was selling bad science.

Selected articles published in the New Haven Independent, a news website and non-profit organization

"Coach Steers Young Men Toward New Goal Line" - May 8, 2015
Gearing up for the preseason opener, the coach launched into a pep talk. "If you want money, if you want success, you gotta work for it," Booker McJunkin told his charges. "All that other stuff you're doing - smoking, drinking - put it off until the end of the season. Put it off for the rest of your fucking lives!"

"'Perception' Task Force Targets City's Rep" - November 10, 2014
A little-known “perception” committee has dispatched the mayor’s press office to plant feel-good stories in the media as part of a broader new effort to counter suburbanites’ negative images of crime-ridden New Haven.

"Homeless Man Knocks on Mayor's Door" - June 20, 2014
After a city homeless shelter evicted him Thursday night, Flor Rico Jones traveled to Westville to knock on Mayor Toni Harp’s front door. He had company.