Features

I love a good newsfeature — 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 newsfeature) might call “News To Me.”

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

The Wall Street Journal:

  • “Spirytus Rektyfikowany.” This was my first A-Hed for the Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2020 edition. It was about a fearsome Polish liquor that became a hot-selling item during the coronavirus pandemic due to its potency, which comes in handy not just when drinking but also when making home-made hand sanitizer.
  • “I Can Be The Bank.” A decade after the financial 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 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.
  • “A Vote for Your Portfolio.” I took a different approach toward covering the election’s impact for investors in 2012: finding the people who didn’t care. From The Washington Post, Oct. 2, 2012.
  • “Investors Put Money Into More Tangible Assets: Art. Wine. Winnie-the-Pooh?” This was a look at how some investors were ditching the traditional stocks-and-bonds retirement savings approach in favor of fine wines, rare books and other tangible investments. From The Washington Post, July 11, 2012.
  • “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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