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Ex-Track Coach Conrad Mainwaring Gets Up to 11 Years in Prison for Serial Sex Abuse: (by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Mike Kessler) 

San Bernardino Police Involved in Fatal Shooting of Fleeing Man Both Have Histories of Alleged Excessive Force: (by Molly Solomon, Mike Kessler, and Madison Aument), LAist/KQED


How Psychedelics Helped This Man Get Mentally Healthy: Men's Health, October, 2022


How Mentally Fit Are You? (with Marty Munson), Men’s Health, May, 2022

Your Brain on Drums: A growing body of scientific evidence reveals that playing a musical instrument is one of the best workouts for your gray matter—even if you suck. Men’s Health, December 2021

Former Olympian Conrad Mainwaring Charged with Assaulting Youth Campers in 1970s: (by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Mike Kessler),, February 17, 2021

Is New Mexico Ready for Election Day? Searchlight New Mexico, October 27, 2020


Intruders Holding Handmade Signs with Swastikas, Racial Slurs Disrupt Democratic Party Zoom Meeting: (with Dillon Bergin), Searchlight New Mexico, October 16, 2020

Lawsuit Says Teen Was Lured to UCLA, Molested by Private Coach Conrad Mainwaring: (by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Mike Kessler),, September 16, 2020

Men Accusing Former Olympian Sue Syracuse, Others Over Abuse Allegations: (by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Mike Kessler),, February 25, 2020

Mitrice Richardson Disappeared 10 Years Ago. Will LA’s New Sheriff Finally Determine What Caused Her Death? (non-bylined),, September 17, 2019

44 Years, 41 Allegations. Now The Past Is Catching Up: (by Mike Kessler and Mark Fainaru-Wada),,

August 1, 2019

Track Coach, Subject of OTL Investigation, Arrested On Charges of Molesting a Former Athlete: (by Mike Kessler  and Mark Fainaru-Wada),, June 2019

Completely Driven: Mario Bonfante Jr.: This Quadriplegic Daredevil Invented His Own Tech to Race at 130 mph. The The Red Bulletin, August, 2018

Life and Limb: Ken Roczen Goes After an Incredible Comeback, The Red Bulletin, March 2018 

Antifa Broke My Camera: The New Republic, September 1, 2017

Whose Land Is It Anyway? 5280 magazine (Denver), May 2016

Fowl Play: Who's been killing the feral peacocks of Palos Verdes? Los Angeles magazine, January 2016

How To Tell A Mass Shooting From Gang Gunfire: And Other Lessons From The Forgotten Streets of San Bernardino: A look at everyday violence in San Bernardino in the immediate aftermath of the Dec. 2 mass shootings. The Trace, December 2015

The Fire Forecast: Bracing for a Dry Summer: The California Sunday Magazine, June 2015

I Can Tell You I’ve Been To More Funerals That Are Gun-Related Than I’ve Been Graduations: A series of interviews with residents of Los Angeles’s most dangerous neighborhoods about the role guns play in daily life. The Trace, June 2015

What If The Key To Ending Homelessness Is Just That — A Key? On the “Housing First” method of addressing chronic and veteran homelessness, TakePart, May 2015

On The Waterfront: Going deep with the police dive team at the Port of L.A. Los Angeles magazine, May 2015

The Era of Flying Robots Is Upon Us, and It’s Going to Be Very Cool (or Utterly Terrifying): TakePart and Yahoo Finance, March 2015

Gone Girls: Human Trafficking on the Home Front: On the fight against child sex trafficking in L.A. County, Los Angeles magazine, November 2014

Is 420-Friendly Yoga More Than Clever Marketing? Yoga Journal, May 2014

Prison is the New Mental Hospital: A California measure to reduce prison overcrowding reveals how America is failing some of its most vulnerable. TakePart and Type Investigations (formerly The Investigative Fund), January 2014

The Tao of Rick: I sat with Rick Rubin and listened to music. It was probably the single coolest hour of my journalism career. GQDecember 2013

Ghost Cat: Meet the mountain lions of Los Angeles and the biologists who track and save them. Los Angeles magazine, November 2013

Grass Roots: On illegal cannabis farming on L.A. County’s public lands. Los Angeles magazine, August 2013

Insane in the Membrane: A deep-dive about W.L. Gore, the makers of Gore-Tex, and the competitors who say the fabric giant doesn’t play fair. Outside, March 2012


Does Progress in the Kelly Thomas Case Mean a Standstill for the Mitrice Richardson Case and Others? Los Angeles magazine (web), February 24, 2012

The Pest Who Shames Companies Into Fixing Security Flaws: Wired, November 2011

Crazy in Love: On the science of jealousy. Men's Health, November 2011

What Happened to Mitrice Richardson? An investigation into the arrest, disappearance, and death of a young woman in Malibu, and how the L.A. County Sheriff's Department dropped the ball and tried to cover its tracks. Los Angeles magazine, September 2011


42 Minutes with Harry Shearer: New York magazine, May 2011

The Believer: Short profile of a great American marathoner. Outside, August 2010

Last Resort: For almost 70 years, former ski patroller and local legend Jim Blanning rode Aspen’s evolution from broken mining outpost to chic mountain playground. But when his hometown spit him out, he came back with a vengeance. And bombs. Outside, 2009


Bittersweet Symphony: A trip to Costa Rica to learn about the convergence of gourmet chocolate and the science that says it’s good for you. (PDF) BestLife, February 2009

The Gift of Gil: The story of a man who most ignore, but who changes the lives of those who know him. 5280 magazine (Denver), December 2007

Out in the Cold: How cancer-stricken nuke workers were not compensated by the Feds, despite bipartisan legislation written to help them. 5280 magazine (Denver), November 2007


Free Fall: Profile of extreme skier Jamie Pierre (RIP). Skiing, December 2005

How to Get Rid of a Gun: New York Times Magazine, June 2005

Bark if You Love Howard Dean:  An hour at a dogs-for-Howard Dean-meet-up in NYC. Salon, September 2003

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