Chaos at the Top of the World

Despite bitterly cold and harsh conditions, the prestige associated with summiting the highest mountain in the world continues to make Mount Everest a dangerous lure for many, regardless of their climbing skill and experience. Nepal and China handed out nearly 500 pricey climbing permits during the 2019 season. Partly due to a massive logjam of over 100 summit hopefuls crowding the ascent during a rare break in the weather on May 22nd and 23rd, over 11 people died on the mountain.

Source: GQ
Published: Dec 4, 2019
Length: 22 minutes (5,630 words)

The Summer of Warren

“Julia Ioffe joins Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail, where the surging senator has spent the season overcoming her campaign’s wobbly start and getting down to business—trouncing debate foes, climbing in the polls, and somehow making a slew of policy plans feel exciting. Suddenly, she’s winning over Democrats by making the grandest ideas sound perfectly sensible, including her biggest pitch of all: That she’s the one to beat Trump.”

Source: GQ
Published: Aug 19, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,408 words)

The Unsolved Mystery of the Malibu Creek Murder

In the wake of a sleeping father’s murder in his tent, information emerged suggesting that someone is randomly shooting people and dumping bodies in this rugged, gorgeous region between the beach and the Valley. Theories abound. Only one thing is clear: Authorities did not use the information they had to protect the public.

Author: Zach Baron
Source: GQ
Published: Jun 20, 2019
Length: 41 minutes (10,345 words)

The Curious Cons of the Man Who Wouldn’t Die

“Do I understand what he was up against? Mark asks me. Did I see that the disease had every single advantage? When you’re facing that kind of enemy, in that kind of battle, you’re allowed to cheat, aren’t you?”

Source: GQ
Published: May 20, 2019
Length: 29 minutes (7,483 words)

The Hotshots of Helltown

During California’s deadliest, most catastrophic fire, which burned for 17 days and caused $16 billion in damages, four friends stayed behind to protect their homes. No one suggests you try this yourself.

Source: GQ
Published: Apr 17, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,585 words)

The Legend of Keanu Reeves

Every generation gets its own Keanu Reeves, except every generation’s Keanu Reeves is this Keanu Reeves. Alex Pappademas attempts to separate the man from the myth.

Source: GQ
Published: Apr 15, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,800 words)

The Secrets of the World’s Greatest Art Thief

Stéphane Breitwieser stole over 300 objects, stolen from 200 different locations, worth over $1.4 billion. Brashly. Brazenly. Constantly. Why? They art was beautiful.

Source: GQ
Published: Feb 28, 2019
Length: 35 minutes (8,864 words)

Dance Battle! Meet the Warring Milli Vanilli of Italo Disco

It was not a high point for music; even Italians try not to remember Italo Disco. Den Harrow was one of its biggest stars… but who is Den Harrow, exactly?

Source: GQ
Published: Jan 26, 2019
Length: 18 minutes (4,533 words)

Creating While Clean

Musicians Steven Tyler, Ben Harper, Joe Walsh, and others speak with candor about their journeys to sobriety and how they are in much better places, personally and creatively.

Source: GQ
Published: Jan 15, 2019
Length: 57 minutes (14,379 words)

The Fresno Bee and the War on Local News

At a time when local newsrooms are shrinking or closing entirely — and Trump is calling the news media “the enemy of the people” — Zach Baron visits the reporters and editors of The Fresno Bee in California’s Central Valley, where Republican Rep. Devin Nunes declared war on the paper.

Author: Zach Baron
Source: GQ
Published: Dec 19, 2018
Length: 26 minutes (6,611 words)