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Syria Strike: Strategic Move Designed To Minimize Russiagate

Syria Strike: Strategic Move Designed To Minimize Russiagate

After Tomahawk missiles rained down on a Syrian government airfield, I analyzed how the brilliant and rapid-fire geopolitical move by the Trump administration masterfully distracted domestic opponents from allegations of colluding with Moscow.


Politicians, Funders, and Campaign Finance

Politicians, Funders, and Campaign Finance

In advance of the 2016 elections, I wrote about a clever ballot initiative in California that sought to force state legislators to walk into their chamber in Sacramento donning the logos of their top 10 donors.


Gun companies lock up billions in sales

Gun companies lock up billions in sales

With more than 300 million firearms owned by U.S. civilians and at least 100 million guns produced by U.S. manufacturers in the last 25 years, the U.S. has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world.


‘Creating a new image of Tunisia’

'Creating a new image of Tunisia'

With reporting by Yasmine Ryan, photography by Tara Todras-Whitehill, and production by Joanna Kao, Vaughn Wallace and I edited this multimedia exploration of the cultural festival that took place despite geopolitical uncertainties in the North African country.


Red State Road Trip

Red State Road Trip

I covered key U.S. political issues of the 2012 presidential election from middle America, beyond the campaign trail’s battlegrounds, reporting on voters in four states so Republican-leaning that neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney invested much electoral capital.


Inside the Hermit Kingdom

Inside the Hermit Kingdom

Six-part Worldfocus multimedia series on the people and culture of North Korea. Watch original footage from August 2009 of the Pyongyang Metro, rural countryside, Demilitarized Zone, and everyday North Korean civilians. Read about an interview with a North Korean army major who explains why the stalemate remains. See traffic girls directing cars and Juche monuments.


Hoardhouse

Hoardhouse

2009 multimedia masters project by Ben Piven, Jackie Kasuya, and Karn Dhingra at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. We explore the lives of hoarders, clean-up professionals, psychologists, and social workers. Visit Hoardhouse.com to learn more about compulsive clutter in NYC.


Publications

Publications

These are among the online and print publications that ran my work prior to joining Al Jazeera. I have reported local news stories for the NY Daily News, Philadelphia Weekly, Baltimore Sun, and AFP. My international news stories have appeared on Worldfocus, HuffingtonPost, Haaretz, and Chosun.


Worldfocus Radio

Hosted by Martin Savidge, Worldfocus Radio covered under-reported international topics. We explore the stans in transition, stateless Haitians in the Dominican Republic, & Yemen’s multiple wars. Click through to see the full list of radio shows that I reported/produced with my Worldfocus colleagues.


2007-2008 Fulbright Report: Caste in the City

Two years ago, I conducted research on the dynamics of caste mobility in Mumbai, India. I found that in contemporary Mumbai, caste is less important than ever in determining occupation, residential arrangements, and even marriage. Yet the reservation system and caste-based politics are powerful factors. Read more in my report.


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