Talal Ansari focuses on foreign policy and affairs, international conflict and human rights issues abroad.
"The Unmanageables," by Sarah Ellison. Vanity Fair, January, 2015.
A long, detailed read on the inception, tribulations and growing pains of First Look Media. The combination of journalists and management is rarely anything but a powder keg, and the ungovernable characters at First Look Media are the epitome of muckrakers in a class of their own. The first painful purge has already occurred, and once the dust settles, I look forward to reading some investigative reporting our nation so desperately needs.
Naomi Gordon-Loebl focuses on queer and trans politics, youth and education, and the criminal justice system.
"My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK," by Kiese Laymon. Gawker, November 29, 2014.
In an essay that combines expertly crafted creative nonfiction with sharp political analysis, Kiese Laymon writes about race, violence and the institutional enforcement of white supremacy, all through the lens of his Vassar faculty ID. It's a haunting piece that needs no introduction—only a strong recommendation to read it, sit with it and read it again.
Edward Hart focuses on criminal justice, arts journalism and media ethics.
“How Not to Get Away With Murder,” by Michael J. Mooney. D Magazine, December 2014.
In his latest story for D Magazine, Michael J. Mooney begins with an attempted murder. Nancy Howard, a mother of three, was followed into her garage by a man with a gun who demanded her purse before he shot her in the temple. It sounds like a simple botched robbery, right? But then Mooney starts telling you everything that led up to the shooting and spins one of the most bizarre true crime stories you'll read this year by detailing how Howard's cheating husband embezzled $30 million from his employer and shelled out millions to a string of drug-addicted, incompetent hitmen over the years.
Yazmin Khan focuses on intersectionality, feminism, race, foreign affairs, politics and pop culture.