Journalism

 

My work has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world, including The Wall Street Journal, the Economist, the Washington Post, Inc., Fortune, the Times of London, the Guardian, the Irish Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, the New Zealand Herald, Asiaweek, Portland Monthly, and Willamette Week. Due to the ephemeral nature of newspapering, I don't have electronic versions of my older pieces, so this smattering will have to serve for now. Please discount missing photos, garbled captions, awkward formatting, and so on.

 

A hard place to heal

The Bridgeview Program offers residents a slice of temptation.

Portland Tribune, March 11, 2008.

 

Bicyclist sees the light

With 15% of sight left, mechanic makes good on life-long love.

Portland Tribune, March 11, 2008.

 

Heartbreak Hotel

Residents of the Grove Hotel are prisoners of poverty.

Portland Tribune, January 22, 2008.

 

The voices we hear on the street? A lot like our own

Review of Voices from the Street, by Jessica P Morrell

The Oregonian, May 20, 2007.

 

Rules of the Road

At least law-breaking officials respect the laws of economics

The Economist, May 5, 2007.

 

Grandmother Tongue

For millennia, the ancient language of the Wasco tribe echoed throughout the Columbia River Gorge. Today, only three people in the world speak it fluently. Can a onetime forklift operator and single mom save it from extinction?

Portland Monthly, May 2007.

 

Untangling Addiction

Psychiatrist Marv Seppala helps drug addicts and alcoholics thread their way back to sobriety by leading them down a path to recovery he walked himself.

Portland Monthly, April, 2007.

 

Drowning out the roar

Fifty years later, remembering the death of Celilo Falls.

Portland Monthly, March 2007.

 

A dose of realism on vaccines

Review of Vaccine, by Arthur Allen

The Oregonian, February 18, 2007.

 

By any other name

Euthanasia in Oregon: just don't mention suicide

The Economist, February 17, 2007.

 

Winning Ways

Lock up your board games: computers are beginning to outperform humans on every front.

The Economist, January 25, 2007.

 

Ten Minutes with Tom

Halfway through his term, can Mayor Tom Potter turn talk into action before his time runs out?

Portland Monthly, January 2007.

 

Paper Tiger

Profile of Street Roots publisher Israel Bayer.

Oregon Business, January 2007.

 

Blood on the Tracks

Review of The Deschutes River Railroad War by Leon Speroff.

The Oregonian, December 17, 2006.

 

A Night in the Slammer

Welcome to the Monkeyhouse.

December 2006.

 

Built to Last

Interview with Sir Walter Lindal.

Inc. Magazine, November 2006.

 

Emotional Rescue

Whitewater legend Val Shaull is facing the toughest challenge of his career: a 9-year-old girl named Jodie.

Portland Monthly, September 2006.

 

Mr. Yoshida's Rules

How well does karate work in the business world? Ask sauce boss Junki Yoshida.

Oregon Business, August 2006.

 

River Rats

Life and death on the Sandy River.

Willamette Week, July 2006.

 

Dreamweaver

Paiute artist Rena Beers weaves tradition into her cradleboards.

Travel Oregon, Fall 2006.

 

Soft-pedaled

America's bike messengers are being pushed off the streets.

The Economist, June 2006.

 

The Fisher King

Guido Rahr is on a mission to save the world--one salmon at a time.

Portland Monthly, June 2006.

 

The Buck Stops Here

Soaring business costs in California were driving Buck Knives to the brink. The company regained its edge by dismantling its factory--and putting it back together 1,453 miles away.

Inc. Magazine, May 2006.

 

 

The Gamble in the Gorge

Two tribes battle for survival in the fight over the casino in Cascade Locks.

Portland Monthly, March 2006.

 

Portland Jailblazers

Criminals run free while a jail sits empty.

Wall Street Journal, August 4, 2005.

 

Scars Fade, Memories Don't

Can survivors of torture recover from their traumatic memories?

Willamette Week, June 1, 2005.

 

Hell on Wheels

Guardians of morality, beware! You are about to be blindsided by a madcap quadriplegic.

Willamette Week, March 9, 2005.

 

What the Bleep is Ramtha?

The sleeper hit of 2004 was inspired by a warrior-spirit from Atlantis with a fondness for Twinkies. Seriously.

Willamette Week, Dec 22, 2004

 

The Grappler

Wrestling legend Dutch Savage still knows how to tie a reporter in knots.

Willamette Week, 11/10/04

 

Satan's Pilgrim

Portland's leading devil dude philosophizes about good and evil. But mostly about evil.

Willamette Week, 11/10/04

 

The Deadly Cure

State health cops investigate surge of methadone overdoses.

Willamette Week, May 28, 2003.

 

Crushed by Indifference

Homeless man crushed by trash compactor.

Willamette Week, Nov 27, 2002.

 

Family Feud

Who's gonna wind up with Reuben Lenske's millions?

Willamette Week, Nov 20, 2002.

 

Cargo Kings

Waterfront lockout pits shipping interests against the nation's most powerful union.

Willamette Week, Oct 9 2002.

 

Mercury Falling

How the Homeland Security Act innoculated drug makers against autism lawsuits.

Willamette Week, Nov 27 2002.

 

Sense and Sinsemilla

Is medical marijuana real, or is it just a great way to get over on the man?

Willamette Week, April 4, 2002.

 

The Truth is out There

Don't call them contrails--they're chemtrails, and they're part of an interplanetary plot...

Willamette Week, Sept 26, 2001.

 

Fantasy Island

Hundreds of aspiring actors bilked out of thousands of dollars as Caribbean dream dissolves.

Willamette Week, July 4, 2001.

 

The Girl from Electra

How Treva Throneberry convinced the world she was a teenage runaway--again and again and again.

Willamette Week, June 27, 2001.

 

Shutting off the Spigot

Portland’s Water Bureau cracks down on deadbeat ratepayers
Willamette Week, June 6, 2001.

 

Junkie Angel

Ex-dope fiends like Alan Levine may be Portland's strongest weapon in the fight against the needle.

Willamette Week, December 5, 2000.

 

Schmooze Control

Cruising with the silicon pirates of Portland's dot-com elite

Willamette Week, August 23, 2000.

 

Going to the Dogs

They're cute. They're furry. They're taking over.

Willamette Week, July 4, 2000.

 

Assault on Tract 86

Census workers steel themselves for their least favorite exercise-- counting heads in felony flats.

Willamette Week, May 10, 2000.

 

Leap of Faith

Man vs. Machine on the Checkered battlefield.

Willamette Week, April 5, 2000.

 

Undercover

Profile of a high-class hooker.

Willamette Week, January 26, 2000.

 

Dwarf vs Dwarf

The Little People of America want respect--and they're fighting each other to get it.

Willamette Week, June 6, 1999.

 

The Guinea Pigs' Rebellion

Psychiatric patients flex their political muscle.

Willamette Week, Sept 1, 1999.

 

Hands Across the Interstate

Bridges are supposed to bring people together... aren't they?

Willamette Week, March 31, 1999.

 

The Poisoned Well

A toxic plume of industrial solvent may have sickened thousands of workers at a Beaverton toy factory.

Willamette Week, Jan 6 1999.

 

Flesh and Blood

Health officials investigate outbreak of flesh-eating bacteria among Portland drug addicts.

Willamette Week, Dec 22, 1998.

 

Doctors for Sale

Welcome to the world of injury litigation, where every victim is a suspect and every twinge has a price tag.

Willamette Week, Nov 13 1996.

 

Fighting faith of stoic witnesses to repression

Singapore cracks down on Jehovah's Witnesses.

Sydney Morning Herald. April 11, 1998

 

Amnesty slams lawsuits

Human rights organization decries libels suits by Singapore politicians.

Sydney Morning Herald. Oct 17, 1997.

 

Amid black robes, a flash of colour

Kelly Tang's breakneck course in the Singapore legal system.

Unpublished. Sept 23, 1997.

 

Times quoted in Singapore damages call

Prime Minister's lawyer requests aggravated damages for Jeyaretnam's aggressive defense.

The Times of London. Aug 23, 1997.

 

QC blames leak on Singapore leaders

Singapore ministers leaked police reports to the press, then blamed opponent for damages, says lawyer.

The Times of London. Aug 22, 1997.

 

Where life passes in a blur

Singapore takes steps to combat the highest level of myopia in the world.

Asiaweek, Dec 1997.

 

 

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