Earlier works

From the archives of The Boston Globe and 

The Miami Herald


                                                        The Boston Globe 

                                                             Divided Nation series, 2015             

               Winner of Society of Professional Journalists award for Washington Correspondence

              Winner of Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for Feature Category 


“A look at nation’s vast wealth gap, from trailer park to Aspen’s largest mansion”

“Feast for investors: As US companies spend billions buying back stock, employees and economy may pay the price”

“Richmond divided over Confederate history” 

“Old battle lines drawn in Kansas: In state where `separate but equal’ died, governor’s bet on supply-side economics imperils school gains” 

“A city’s immovable roadblock”

“Rise of activist investing felt at century-0ld firm"

“Billionaire Texas brothers show clout of super PACs”

“Amid ouster cries, immigrants aid economic rebound in Iowa” 

“In Northwest, corporate tax breaks compete with promise to educate children” 


                                              Broken City series - A 2013 series on Washington's dysfunction

                    Co-winner of the Dirksen award for congressional coverage by the National Press Foundation 

“The story of Washington gridlock as seen through the eyes of Bob Dole: A disability treaty with broad support seemed like a sure thing to the ex-Senate stalwart. But his own party had other ideas” 

“An inside look at Washington’s industry of distortion, where unnamed corporations pay richly to bend the debate their way” (Selected for Best Business Writing of 2014). 

“Ideas abound for breaking logjam, but D.C. isn’t listening” 

“The role of partisan media in the `broken city’ of Washington”


Selected articles

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In the massive steel structure of Launch Pad 39B, Christa McAuliffe and six other astronauts sat strapped on their backs in the space shuttle Challenger.


WILMINGTON, Vt. - James H. Kellogg hoists a canoe on his shoulders and hikes up a rough trail to Haystack Pond, cradled beneath a mountain peak. The Vermont biologist, snug in a life jacket labeled "acid lakes," is on a mission to learn whether the harm humans do to the earth can be healed.

WASHINGTON - For six decades, CARE has been a vital ally to the US government. It supplied the famed CARE packages to Europe's starving masses after World War II, and its work with the poor has been celebrated by US presidents. So the group was thrilled when it received a major contract from the Bush administration to fight AIDS in Africa and Asia. But this time, instead of accolades came attacks.


LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. - "Freddie! Freddie!" came the chant from nearly 3,000 people as towering Fred Thompson entered the final minutes of a pivotal game for his Lawrence County High School basketball team. Grabbing crucial rebounds, Thompson helped win the regional final.It hardly mattered that the team didn't survive the 1959 state tournament. Next year, Freddie would be a full-time star. But there would be no next year. Just as Thompson turned 17, his girlfriend became pregnant.


John Forbes Kerry swerved his two-seat plane across San Francisco Bay, heading straight toward the Golden Gate. ``Let's fly under the bridge!'' Kerry shouted to his sole passenger and close friend, David Thorne. Thorne tried not to panic as the tiny craft buzzed low across the swells.


Wesley K. Clark lay bleeding on the ground as the landscape around him echoed with the high-pitched ping-ping-ping of gunfire. It was Feb. 19, 1970, and the young Army captain had been on patrol near Saigon when he paused to peer down a trail that disappeared into the jungle.


Miles Romney fled to Utah, where he was told by church leaders ''to go to Old Mexico and build a city of refuge for the people that would have to go there on account of persecutions of polygamy.'' Miles agreed, and decided it was safest to go with only one of his wives, Annie. He left behind Hannah and Catharine and their children, hoping they would reunite in the coming months.





                                                                   The Miami Herald 


In 1982, while at The Miami Herald, Michael Kranish was assigned to write an eight-page section about a plan to tear down much of South Beach. These two stories, based on interviews with residents who would lose their homes, were part of that section. 


...it is a 1.74-square-mile-world that runs beach to bay, 21st Street to Government Cut, 232 blocks and 103 alleys, densely packed with 50,000 people. Fifteen thousand of them are elderly Jews, including 10,000 Tsarist-era Eastern European refugees, the greatest such concentration in the world....The once-stable though poor neighborhood has been devastated, a victim of its own government....

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