How to Lead a Tribe in the New Amazon

by on Sep.22, 2014, under Reporting


At Outside, I visit the Tururukari-Uka tribe of Amazonas, Brazil to see how one young chief balances heritage and modernity during the World Cup and beyond.   

Manaus – stories from a distant city

by on Jul.09, 2014, under Reporting










The From Brazil blog at Folha de S. Paulo has my piece on the hidden stories of Manaus, featuring a gallery of photos by Leco Jucá.

World Cup Boom and Bust

by on Jul.08, 2014, under Reporting


At Harper's, you can read my postcard from the World Cup in Manaus.

In Brazil, World Cup talk is colored by politics

by on Jun.28, 2014, under Reporting



At the Los Angeles TimesI contributed to this report by Vincent Bevins on the politics of the World Cup in Brazil.

Below the Beautiful Horizon

by on Jun.24, 2014, under Reporting


I wrote a postcard from the World Cup in Belo Horizonte for Harper's.

At the Bank and in the Bar, Brazilians Love Predicting World Cup Winners

by on Jun.20, 2014, under Reporting














At Sports Illustrated, I write about how Brazilian soccer fans from all walks of life have a little money at stake in the World Cup — and even the federal government wants in on the action. 

The Scramble to Finish Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium

by on Mar.13, 2013, under Reporting








Weather, worker strikes, and structural problems have set back the renovation of Rio de Janeiro's historic stadium. Read my dispatch from the construction site at The Atlantic.

Sheriff Joe’s Posse Invades Guadalupe

by on Feb.17, 2013, under Reporting







At Salon, I take a look at how how Sheriff Joe Arpaio's school protection posse is disturbing the peace in Guadalupe, Arizona. 

The MLB’s Grad School for Top Prospects

by on Nov.07, 2012, under Reporting

Why is baseball the only major sport with a sprawling farm system?  At The Atlantic, I visit the Arizona Lall League, Major League Baseball's graduate school for top prospects, to learn about the long climb to the big leagues.

This is the Wild West

by on Sep.16, 2012, under Reporting

At Salon, you can read about my weekend at America's largest gun show, where ammo's cheap, private sales abound, and the Second Amendment comes first.

Asleep at the Roger Clemens Trial

by on Jun.10, 2012, under Reporting

It's autographs, all-stars, courtly manners and a battle to stay awake as the baseball icon fights for his freedom.  Check out my feature on the Roger Clemens perjury trial at Salon

Can Soccer Heal Tucson’s Wounds?

by on Feb.24, 2012, under Reporting

If organizers get their wish, the MLS Desert Diamond Cup will bring positive vibes — and tourism dollars — to a community facing one of the most tumultuous periods in its history.  Take a closer look at Tucson at The Atlantic.   

Desert Solidarity

by on Oct.31, 2011, under Reporting

Big Lucks posted my dispatch from the first 48 hours of Occupy Phoenix.

Brazil’s Green Tsunami: Marina Silva’s Push for Sustainable Development

by on Nov.09, 2010, under Reporting

U.S. politics gotcha down?  Check out my recap of the recent Brazilian election–and the meteoric rise of Brazil’s Green Party–over at Ecotone.

The Millennium® Plus and the Limits of Technology

by on Jun.12, 2010, under Reporting

“The fate of the Gulf of Mexico is in the hands of robot submarines.”

Notes on The Deepwater Horizon over at Ecotone.