I’m taking a page out of Jason Fagone’s book. Here are four articles of mine from 2014 that I liked the most. (And many thanks to the editors who protected me from myself, as well as to the fact-checkers who called me on bullshit.)
4. Welcome to the Uber Wars (Politico Magazine)
Over the summer, Maryland became the first state of these United States to rule that ridesharing company Uber is a transportation company, not a technology company. For opponents of ridesharing, this was a big deal. Maryland was saying, essentially, it didn’t care how “disruptive” a Silicon Valley technology company was: Uber would fall in line with Maryland state laws, or it could get out.
3. Rocket Men (Philadelphia City Paper)
When I was a kid, my dad often took me to Hibernia Park in Chester County, Pennsylvania, to launch model rockets. And while the last time I did that was probably when I was 8 years old (17 years ago now), I’ve had a fascination with model rockets ever since. So driving to a farm an hour north of Philly to watch a group of middle-aged men howl and shout as they launched 6-foot-tall rockets skyward was easily the most fun I’ve had reporting this year.
2. Remington Revival (Baltimore Sun)
For a few years now, new people and businesses have been moving into the blue-collar, working-class Baltimore neighborhood of Remington. So my assigning editor wondered whether Remington was going through a bona fide renaissance—and what people who had been living there for many, many years thought about it. The best part of this story was talking to about 20 people, all of whom are living or working in Remington.
1. The Business of Lacrosse (Baltimore Style Magazine)
Paul Rabil is the first million-dollar professional lacrosse player in the U.S., a feat he’s pulled off with huge endorsement deals, including one with Red Bull. (Not to mention he’s an imposing athlete—built like a linebacker, capable of flinging a lax ball into the net at 110 miles an hour.) This story is probably the first real profile I’ve written since leaving college, and it’s pretty special to me: It was my first magazine cover story.