The Making of an Activist Athlete

“How Washington Mystics point guard Natasha Cloud became the WNBA’s unofficial minister of social justice.”

Author: Mike Wise
Source: Washingtonian
Published: Jul 8, 2021
Length: 26 minutes (6,700 words)

Trump Hotel Employees Reveal What It Was Really Like Catering to the Right Wing Elite

“Four years’ worth of stories about VIP visits and grooming protocols, palm-greasing, rotten vegetables, and that time they lost Steve Mnuchin’s coat.”

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Feb 19, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,290 words)

The True Story of Jess Krug, the White Professor Who Posed as Black for Years—Until It All Blew Up Last Fall

“She fabricated harrowing personal backstories, peddled gross caricatures, and spoke from perspectives she had no right to claim. And nobody stopped her.”

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Jan 27, 2021
Length: 19 minutes (4,892 words)

Death and the All-American Boy

“Joe Biden was a lot more careful around the press after this 1974 profile.”

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Jun 1, 1974
Length: 18 minutes (4,728 words)

Spies, Dossiers, and the Insane Lengths Restaurants Go to Track and Influence Food Critics

When a glowing review can catapult a restaurant into stardom and a bad one can spell its doom, owners increasingly resort to a mainstay of political campaigns: opposition research.

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Dec 6, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,413 words)

The Strange, Spectacular Con of Bobby Charles Thompson

Who was this ripoff artist who rubbed shoulders with Karl Rove and used a veterans nonprofit to steal millions of dollars from donors?

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Mar 19, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,595 words)

The Gruesome November Night in One of Washington’s Wealthiest Suburbs

A husband and wife are tortured and nearly stabbed to death by a former employee’s husband. Was it revenge, or an addict’s “medication-induced delirium”?

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Oct 2, 2016
Length: 25 minutes (6,332 words)

The Strange, Crazy Afterlife of a Reality TV Star

In 2009, Tareq Salahi and his then-wife Michaele crashed a White House dinner. Then his life crashed.

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Feb 1, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2,903 words)

The Devastating Story of Washington’s Peeping-Tom Rabbi

A chilling and painstakingly reported account of the fall of a prominent D.C. rabbi. Barry Freundel secretly filmed 52 women while they undressed for a mikvah, or sacred ritual bath.

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Jan 3, 2016
Length: 23 minutes (5,950 words)

If You’re Lying About Being a Navy SEAL, This Man Will Catch You

Retired Navy SEAL Don Shipley became a YouTube sensation for busting people who falsely claimed to be Navy Seals. But Shipley does more than just bust phonies; he also runs a bootcamp for civilians who want a taste of SEAL training.

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Aug 30, 2015
Length: 24 minutes (6,230 words)