To Cheat and Lie in L.A.: How the College-Admissions Scandal Ensnared the Richest Families in Southern California

Presenting themselves as model, enviable parents only made their fall harder, and more enjoyable for spectators. It’s a shame they took their kids down with them.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Jul 31, 2019
Length: 24 minutes (6,124 words)

How Nan Talese Blazed Her Pioneering Path through the Publishing Boys’ Club

A fascinating profile of Nan Talese, a trail-blazer in publishing, and one-half of one of the most interesting, highly public marriages in history. The piece comes just as her husband, famously non-monogamous Thy Neighbor’s Wife author Gay Talese, prepares to write a book about their long, complicated, and very flexible union.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Mar 29, 2017
Length: 28 minutes (7,034 words)

The Prep School And The Predator

A viral story helps expose a predatory teacher’s abusive history at an elite all-girls private school in Los Angeles.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Feb 2, 2015
Length: 13 minutes (3,420 words)

The Girls at the Front

A look into the lives of female war correspondents Christiane Amanpour, Marie Colvin, Janine di Giovanni, Maggie O’Kane, and Jacky Rowland:

“Amanpour and her colleagues are reporters, they insist, not women reporters, as rugged as any man, and they’ve got the war stories to prove it. Take Afghanistan alone. Amanpour discovered what she believes were ‘mini– training camps’ and a trove of documents about how to make chemical and nuclear weapons. The BBC’s newest sensation, a confident and exuberant 37-year-old Brit, Jacky Rowland, completed her mission of being one of the first Western correspondents into that country after September 11. ‘We left CNN and their equipment on the tarmac [in Tajikistan], which was a sheer delight,’ says Rowland. During the first few days of the U.S. bombing, The Guardian’s Maggie O’Kane—a disheveled human tornado from Ireland who now lives in Edinburgh—endured a weeklong trek from Pakistan into Afghanistan, traversing ‘Horse Killer Pass.’ Janine di Giovanni, an Italian-American with Jessica Rabbit looks, who writes for the London Times (and is a contributing editor at this magazine), vigorously dodged al-Qaeda fire while in Tora Bora. The only member of the group not to have recently visited Afghanistan is the toughest of them all, Marie Colvin, an American who writes for The Sunday Times of London. Instead, she was relearning to negotiate stairs after losing sight in one eye to shrapnel. She now wears a black pirate’s patch. She also has a beaded, sparkly one that was given to her by her friend Helen Fielding, who wrote Bridget Jones’s Diary. ‘It’s my party patch,’ says Colvin as she brings her shaky match to her Silk Cut cigarette. ‘I never thought in my life I’d be the woman with the patch. But there you are, life changes.'”

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Jun 1, 2002
Length: 20 minutes (5,008 words)

Something About Sally

Sally Quinn hit the nation’s capital in 1969, becoming one of The Washington Post’s most glamorous stars; sweeping Ben Bradlee, its legendary (and married) editor, off his feet; conquering Georgetown society—and making serious enemies along the way.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Jul 1, 2010
Length: 23 minutes (5,933 words)

The Code of Miss Porter’s

Last fall, at Miss Porter’s School, in Farmington, Connecticut—attended by generations of debutantes and heiresses, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Barbara Hutton—a student named Tatum Bass confessed to cheating, and was later expelled.

Source: Vanity Fair
Published: Jul 28, 2009
Length: 24 minutes (6,036 words)