An Overdose and a Mother’s Search for Truth

“It’s clear my daughter died because of these drugs coming through our border,” Susan said afterward, to a bank of TV news cameras, and then she returned to North Carolina, where the more complicated truth was that nothing about Toria’s death seemed clear. Susan, a former private investigator, was trained to work a case and then solve it, but this time, she kept going back over the story, looking again for causes, reassigning blame, interrogating her own mistakes as she tried make sense of one drug death in a national epidemic.

Author: Eli Saslow
Source: Washington Post
Published: Mar 31, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,700 words)

Gun Violence’s Distant Echo

Gillette, Wyoming is a place where “the high school yearbook devoted four pages to ‘Hunting: No Greater Sport,'” a local club funds “college scholarships by raffling off AR-15s,” and popular slogans include, “Welcome to Wyoming: Consider Everyone Armed.” Mariah Engdahl, age 16 — a girl surrounded by gun enthusiasts in her family and in her boom-and-bust community — educated herself on gun laws in Wyoming and, as a one-teen protest on gun control, delivered a speech to the Campbell County school board in a bid to avoid arming teachers in her county’s schools.

Author: Eli Saslow
Source: Washington Post
Published: May 18, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,287 words)

Is Anyone Listening?

Rachel Crooks is one of 19 women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual assault. She plans to continue telling her story until something changes.

Author: Eli Saslow
Source: Washington Post
Published: Feb 19, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,735 words)

‘What kind of a childhood is that?’

The story of Zaine, Arianna, and Zoie Pulliam — three kids under 17 living in South Charleston, West Virginia. Deemed “opiate orphans,” they exemplify a generation of children whose parents have died of drug overdoses as a result of the opioid epidemic.

Author: Eli Saslow
Source: Washington Post
Published: Dec 16, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3,770 words)

The White Flight of Derek Black

How the 27-year-old son of white nationalist leaders quit following his parents’ footsteps and began building bridges with the communities he previously worked to eliminate.

Author: Eli Saslow
Source: Washington Post
Published: Oct 15, 2016
Length: 25 minutes (6,254 words)

‘How’s Amanda?’

A story of a mother and daughter facing heroin addiction.

Author: Eli Saslow
Source: Washington Post
Published: Jul 23, 2016
Length: 23 minutes (5,892 words)

A Survivor’s Life

Cheyeanne Fitzgerald, 16, was the youngest person shot in a classroom at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Though the community is moving on, the trauma has continued to affect Cheyeanne and her family.

Author: Eli Saslow
Source: Washington Post
Published: Dec 5, 2015
Length: 23 minutes (5,980 words)

“Why Him, Why Me?”

A tragic collision on a football field connects a high school linebacker with a former college running back, who experienced a similar tragedy 26 years prior.

Author: Eli Saslow
Source: ESPN
Published: Nov 17, 2015
Length: 20 minutes (5,082 words)

Town Waiting for an Eruption Found It After Firing Its First Black Police Officer

In the fall of 2013, Gerry Pickens became Orting, Washington’s first black policeman. He didn’t last there for very long.

Author: Eli Saslow
Source: Washington Post
Published: Apr 18, 2015
Length: 21 minutes (5,278 words)

The Public Life and Private Doubts of Al Sharpton

A profile of the carefully cultivated leader of the civil rights movement, and his path from boy preacher to fixture of the establishment.

Author: Eli Saslow
Source: Washington Post
Published: Feb 7, 2015
Length: 24 minutes (6,000 words)