For many of his 30-plus years in the journalism business, Jesse Katz has been covering crime. Back in the early 1990s, his former employer The Los Angeles Times assigned him to the gang beat, and it’s a topic he’s been pursuing in some fashion ever since. Back then, he immersed himself in the Los Angeles underworld at a time when black men were being incarcerated at record numbers, which naturally whisked him into the California penal system. Now a freelancer, Katz still finds himself drawn to “cultures populated by outsiders,” and the U.S. prison system remains fertile ground for such groups.

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Jesse Katz

Katz traces his San Quentin piece to a story he reported last year for California Sunday Magazine about Hangover producer Scott Budnick, who quit a lucrative Hollywood career to devote himself to prison reform and juvenile justice. Through that, Katz ventured inside the Northern California prison for the first time. There he learned about the San Quentin Marathon, an annual race run inside the walls by a group of … Read More

Susan Orlean is storied for her stories. Since 1992 she’s been a staff writer at The New Yorker, and her 1998 book “The Orchid Thief” was made into the movie Adaptation. She’s written seven other … Read more

Back in 1998, magazine writer Mike Sager was best known for his fearless profiles of drug dealers, crackheads, porn stars, and neo-Nazis. But that year Esquire handed him a very different … Read more

Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker has pulled off a rare double, winning the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing after having earlier won the National Magazine Award in the same category. Her story on a likely … Read more

Jill Lepore is both a historian at Harvard — the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University, to be precise — and since 2005 a staff writer at The New Yorker, … Read more

What does Shakespeare have to do with clickbait? How much in common did ancient indigenous peoples have with the Twitter community? Was Dante’s “Inferno” the original “explainer” story? … Read more

Mary Roach doesn’t do her homework. She didn’t go to J-school. By her own admission, she’s never quite sure she knows what she’s doing. “I always have the sense that I’m skating on thin ice,” … Read more

In August 2014 Antonio Regalado introduced an almost heretical approach to cancer treatment to the wider world in a feature he wrote for MIT Technology Review. Regalado, the senior biomedicine editor for the magazine, suggested … Read more

From Nieman Reports

Journalism and Art: Complementary and Collaborative Storytelling

March 28, 2016

As journalists use art to bring stories off the page, artists adopt reporting techniques to address social issues

The last time most of us heard of the Winklevoss twins—hell, the first time we heard of them—was in David Fincher’s acerbic 2010 movie, The Social Network. You remember: Tyler and Cameron (brilliantly portrayed by … Read more

Sarah Schweitzer has spent almost two decades honing her narrative instincts at The Boston Globe and the St. Petersburg Times. In April 2015 she was acknowledged by the Pulitzer Prize committee, which named her story … Read more

Esquire has long been fascinated by men in power—and by the frailties and anxieties that lie just beneath their polished facades. Beginning in the late eighties, contributing editor Elizabeth Kaye wrote long, intimate … Read more