I'm an investigative reporter and narrative writer whose work has appeared in such places as The Washington Post, The Paris Review, Mother Jones, and This American Life. I currently work for The Marshall Project, writing about criminal justice.
I've won or shared in four Pulitzer Prizes, for stories on a rape investigation, painkillers, a landslide, and the shooting deaths of four police officers. My first book, written with Nick Perry, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for non-fiction. I've been a National Magazine Award finalist for feature writing and received the John Chancellor Award from Columbia University for lifetime achievement -- the profession's polite way of calling you grizzled.
At the Chicago Tribune I dug into hundreds of capital cases, an investigation that helped prompt the governor to halt executions. In Seattle I dug up hundreds of illegally sealed court files. In Twin Falls, Idaho, I wrote about a woman who mooned the police.
Weirdest job? Selling snails in Germany. Worst job? Selling vacuum cleaners in Indiana. I dropped out of law school, joined the Peace Corps and dropped out of that. Besides Twin Falls, Seattle and Chicago, I've worked at papers in Colorado, California, New York, Alaska, and Virginia. I was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and the McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton.