My first A-Hed for The Wall Street Journal on the paper’s April 18-19, 2020 edition.

I love a good news feature — an interesting story based off the news, but not quite news itself. It’s what Barry Newman, The Wall Street Journal’s “King of the A-Hed” (their standing quirky page one news feature) might call “News To Me.”

Below is a link to some of my favorite news features that I’ve written over the years, along with a little bit about the back story behind each one. Enjoy!

Business Insider:

The Wall Street Journal:

  • “How a Japanese Rice Farmer Got Tangled Up in the Hertz Bankruptcy.” This newsfeature traced the flow of global capital that had underpinned the lending boom to America’s riskiest corporate borrowers until the COVID-19 pandemic upended the market. From The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 5, 2020.
  • “Spirytus Rektyfikowany.” This was my first A-Hed for the The Wall Street Journal. It was about a fearsome Polish liquor that became a hot-selling item during the COVID-19 pandemic due to its potency, which comes in handy not just when drinking but also when making home-made hand sanitizer. From The Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2020.
  • “I Can Be The Bank.” A decade after the 2008 crisis, we found a new breed of risk-takers in the U.S. housing market: Individual investors who are buying up mortgages on other people’s homes in hope of collecting on sometimes long-forgotten home loans. From The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 20, 2018.
  • “The Regrets of Lewis Ranieri.” The father of mortgage-backed securities is one of the few people who has publicly acknowledged his role in the subprime mortgage meltdown of 2008. I wrote a feature about Lewis Ranieri’s regrets for The Wall Street Journal’s financial crisis anniversary edition in Sept. 2018.

The Washington Post:

  • “A Golden Ticket.” What does it take to get into the business school of your dreams? I took a look at the lengths some students were going to craft the perfect resume for Wharton, Harvard, Stanford. From The Washington Post, August 13, 2011.
  • “Citizen Gifts to Reduce the Public Debt.” While the debt ceiling debate was page one news in 2011, I chronicled some citizens’ feeble attempts to pay it off. From The Washington Post, July 25, 2011.

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