My Mom Believes In QAnon. I’ve Been Trying To Get Her Out.

“The irony gnawed at me: My entire vocation as an investigative reporter was predicated on being able to reveal truths, and yet I could not even rustle up the evidence to convince my own mother that our 45th president was not, in fact, the hero she believed him to be.”

Source: BuzzFeed News
Published: Mar 12, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,987 words)

Who Had to Die For Your Dinner?

“A BuzzFeed News investigation reveals the extent to which the virus — and the nation’s inadequate response to it — has infected, sickened, and even killed workers up and down the nation’s food supply chains as they work to keep our refrigerators full.”

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Jul 4, 2020
Length: 30 minutes (7,543 words)

What It’s Like to Be a Black Cop in Baltimore

“I don’t wanna do this shit no more.” An unfiltered account from one of America’s most troubled police departments.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Aug 26, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2,536 words)

The Story Behind The Deadliest Prison Bus Crash In Texas History

A gruesome recounting of one of the bloodiest days in the history of Texas prisons.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Jan 13, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5,397 words)

The Tragedy of Louis Scarcella

How the face of NYC’s tough-on-crime era went from Supercop to scapegoat after a series of questionable from convictions.

Source: Village Voice
Published: Aug 5, 2014
Length: 26 minutes (6,676 words)

The Prisoner’s Daughter

What if your dad had been doing time for murder for as long as you’d known him?

She was a leader like her father, Amanda’s relatives told her. She’d inherited his forceful personality and his stubborn streak. She took gymnastics classes and sang in the school chorus — a natural performer, just like her father.

She took pride in the comments, but they wore on her, comparisons to a man she had never really met. As her 13th birthday approached, she resolved to see her father again. She told her mother, making it clear she didn’t believe the stories about him serving overseas.

Conceded Minerva: “Your father is in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.”

“Why is he there if he didn’t do it?”

Source: Village Voice
Published: Jun 10, 2014
Length: 19 minutes (4,856 words)

Who Were Those Masked Men, Anyway?

How a trio of bank robbers—inspired by The Town—disguised themselves as white cops and almost got away with a 200k heist:

When Visconti watched the security footage, he saw a team of professionals. The masks were Hollywood-quality, realistic enough to fool people standing inches away. In an era when images spread around the world with the click of a finger, these robbers had managed to throw their pursuers far off the scent. They had turned the law’s most powerful tool to their advantage. Then there was the speed: in and out in three minutes. And the spoils: They had scored more than $200,000 cash. These guys were pros.

Source: Village Voice
Published: May 9, 2014
Length: 24 minutes (6,009 words)

Over The Volcano

An experienced hiker returns to the biggest volcano on Earth, and finds himself stranded and hallucinating in a Hawaiian snowstorm:

Broward arrived at the Visitor Emergency Operations Center, a long brown building near Mauna Loa’s southern base, at about 8 a.m. He strolled down a hallway, past his office and up into the dispatch center, perched above the first-floor roof like an air-traffic-control room. He picked up a fax with a 3:17 a.m. timestamp.
It was an advisory from the National Weather Service. A storm was on the way that would hit the summit with a foot of snow, temperatures in the 20s, and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour. Broward had worked at the park for 13 years and he saw two or three of these storms every winter. He plugged the forecast data into a threat-level chart, which confirmed what he already knew: Conditions were in the Red Zone. The park would be closed for the day. He told the dispatcher to spread the word, then checked the backcountry permit records. There was someone on the mountain: Alex Sverdlov, age 36, had left on Sunday and was scheduled to return on Wednesday. Broward knew the hiker would be at or near the summit when the storm hit.

Source: Village Voice
Published: Mar 11, 2014
Length: 20 minutes (5,102 words)

Public Influence: The Immortalization of an Anonymous Death

A crowd watches a suicide in San Francisco:

“Some people look on silently, hands over mouths. A teenage girl in a sundress wipes tears from her eyes. A circle of high school-age kids debate whether a fall from that height would be fatal. A woman in a pantsuit talks into her phone, excitedly describing the scene. Others peck away at keypads. More phones pop up above the mass, angling for a snapshot. A light buzz of chatter hums along, punctuated by a shout.

“‘Jump!’

“Heads turn, seeking out the class clown in the sea of faces. Laughter rising all around, compressed snickers and knee-slapping roars.

“In between chuckles, a man in a blue button-down blurts, ‘He said “Jump!”‘”

Source: SF Weekly
Published: Jan 10, 2013
Length: 15 minutes (3,892 words)