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Triple profile: A mountain town, a beloved newspaper, and an unlikely hero

May 6, 2020

A veteran foreign correspondent finds a hero tale in a tiny California town: "A story is a story no matter where it takes place."

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A “nut case” buys a mountain town newspaper to save it

May 6, 2020

Four months after acting on impulse, what has a non-journalist local hero learned about the romance and reality of journalism?

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A writer channels her own life of fear to report about science and psychology

March 31, 2020

Award-winning freelancer and outdoorswoman Eva Holland weaves memoir and research in her debut book "Nerve"

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Calling out Olympic officials’ past failures as coronavirus threatens the 2020 Games

March 18, 2020

Washington Post sports columnist Sally Jenkins is fierce in her support of striving athletes: "I make my living off their sweat."

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How the personal narrative can make the difference between prison and release

February 25, 2020

A veteran journalist discovers the role of story in America's prison system — and "human resilience and grace in the face of adversity"

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When the story we cover becomes our own

January 9, 2020

A reporter chronicles the shutdown of a factory and the closing of his newspaper, capturing a familiar “cycle of death and exodus”

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Coming home from stories of war

December 4, 2019

Washington Post war correspondent Pam Constable about reporting, writing and surviving in the field

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Three core story principles, along with tea, baked goods and endless enthusiasm

October 31, 2019

Venerable breaking news site Reuters ventures into narrative journalism with former L.A. Times and Storyboard editor Kari Howard at the helm

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Singular moments, timeless questions

October 22, 2019

Two-time Pulitzer winner Gene Weingarten finds the beating heart at the center of his new book about one ordinary, extraordinary day

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Ditching “monkey mind” to find joy while writing

October 16, 2019

Shop Class: An author and meditation guide teaches writers how to get through the "bardo," or stuck places, with mindfulness practice

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Stories that unfold — and pain that is measured — from the ground up

October 9, 2019

A native Alaskan returns home to his Tlingit community, which "Didn't Stand a Chance" against the opioid epidemic

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“Life is too short to write something boring.”

September 26, 2019

A conversation with Los Angeles native and magazine journalist Mary Melton, who profiled a famous photographer in 36 exposures, as in a roll of film