Notable Narratives

A prescient voice speaks for the Earth

February 5, 2019

Seventy years after "A Sand County Almanac," Aldo Leopold's message grows in relevance

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Finding a narrative in “our most urgent national conversation:” the one about guns

October 23, 2018

How three reporters, a national news chain and 21 strangers who met to talk became a 5,000-word tale with character, intimacy, structure and drama

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A conversation with Nathaniel Rich on “Losing Earth,” human inertia and storytelling as “a moral act”

September 21, 2018

In the longest single piece ever published by The New York Times Magazine, the author takes on a crucible decade in the battle against climate change

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Can you say … Thanks, and we miss you?

July 13, 2018

On Mister Rogers, Tom Junod and the art of reverence

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Writing through a whiteout: David Grann and “The White Darkness”

March 13, 2018

In his New Yorker piece on an explorer following Shackleton's footsteps in Antarctica, the reporter struggled through his own writing blizzard

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Notable Narrative: Jack Hitt and the birth of live-action TV news in “What Goes Up”

December 12, 2017

For Epic magazine, he writes about a daredevil helicopter pilot for a Phoenix station who "kept breaking the fourth wall of journalism by beating the cops"

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Notable Narrative: The Cincinnati Enquirer’s stunning “Seven Days of Heroin”

September 25, 2017

A writer and editor talk about wrangling 60 staffers and a deluge of copy -- and creating a riveting portrait of the human face of the opioid epidemic

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Notable Narrative: The Marshall Project’s Maurice Chammah and “The Accusation”

September 12, 2017

The reporter talks about his piece, published jointly with Esquire, on a recanted allegation of child sex abuse that had sent a father to prison

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The late Alex Tizon and “My Family’s Slave”: his first memory, and his last byline

September 5, 2017

The Atlantic story, published just weeks after his death, drew a firestorm of criticism; a Pulitzer winner and friend examines the craft, and the loss

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Notable Narrative: Joe Kovac Jr. and a tale of murder, a manhunt and a midnight run

August 29, 2017

The reporter for Georgia's Macon Telegraph shows that even on regional newspapers with tiny staffs, writers can dream large with gripping narratives

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Pat Beall and “Sexually abused as a child: A Post reporter’s journey to finding hope”

August 15, 2017

The Palm Beach Post investigative journalist talks about why she decided to write about her long-ago trauma -- and her struggles with first person

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Notable Narrative: Nicole Lucas Haimes and “Who Killed Julian Pierce?”

August 3, 2017

The writer and documentary filmmaker talks about a story on a murdered Native American activist that was nearly 30 years in the making -- and became an obsession