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The true story of a Jewish news agency that peddled fake news to undo Hitler

My article “The true story of a Jewish news agency that peddled fake news to undo Hitler” appears in Religion News Service.

Collector Leonard Lauder on How Vintage Postcards Can Help Us Understand Propaganda in the Present

My article “Collector Leonard Lauder on How Vintage Postcards Can Help Us Understand Propaganda in the Present” appears in artnet news.

(CJR) National Press Club’s Norman Rockwell sale to diversify its assets—at a cost

My article “National Press Club’s Norman Rockwell sale to diversify its assets—at a cost” appears in Columbia Journalism Review.

(CJR) Why the religion beat poses unique challenges for some reporters

My article “Why the religion beat poses unique challenges for some reporters” appears in Columbia Journalism Review.

(Forward) The Jewish Photograph That Changed Everything

My article “The Jewish Photograph That Changed Everything” appears in the Jewish Daily Forward.

(Smithsonian Mag) Wildlife Photographer Frans Lanting on the Difference Between Taking Pictures and Making Photographs

My article “Wildlife Photographer Frans Lanting on the Difference Between Taking Pictures and Making Photographs” appears in Smithsonian Magazine.

“Obedience to authority” experiment in DC

Pedestrians seeking to walk on the west side of 18th Street NW in Washington, D.C., between K and L streets were confronted by about a dozen people in hazard vests directing them, if they were using their phones, to walk in an aisle designated for cell phone use. The first man in a vest I […]

When Journalists Are Also Activists

In an April 30 talk, “Witnessing, Bystanding, Onlooking, Participating,” at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Gallery 400, Margaret Olin questioned the underlying assumption of the popular sign, “Put that camera down and join us,” which was the closing shot of Haskell Wexler’s 2012 film “Occupy Los Angeles.” “Are holding onto your camera and joining us mutually exclusive?” said […]

The Jewish Inspiration That Guided Photographers of Magnum

Reached by phone in New York, Micha Bar-Am — who was born in Berlin in 1930 and lives in Israel — said, “There were a number of Jewish photographers that were part of the founding members of Magnum, but I think it was on the basis of their photography, and not necessarily anything to do […]

One of the biggest challenges of being a freelance reporter

There are many challenges associated with freelancing — one of the greatest of which, of course, is the lack of steady paycheck. Another comes when one tries to introduce oneself. Before I moved to Chicago, I was the education reporter at U.S. News & World Report, which was a natural way to introduce myself. Now, […]

  • Selected articles

    NMAAHC "The Imitation Game: Are museums being clear enough with the public about what’s real and what’s fake?" Washington Post Magazine. March 3, 2019.

    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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