An East Coast Advocacy Group Is Using Oregon as a Testing Ground for Decriminalizing Sex Work Willamette Week (February 10, 2021)
Boomtown Episode 5: Boobtown and Episode 6: A Thin Line. Texas Monthly (January 7 and January 14 2020) I reported and scripted two episodes of the Boomtown podcast for Texas Monthly. Episode 5 focuses on the women working in the area’s strip clubs and bikini coffee stands. Episode 6 reports out the use of anti-trafficking policing to justify a new, stricter ordinance on the clubs.
A Student at an Oregon Community College Says Instructors Flunked Her for Being a Porn Actress. She’s Suing. Willamette Week (May 8 2019)
Legislation aims to crack down on “illicit massage parlors” in effort to expand trafficking investigations Montana Free Press (April 17 2019)
Oregon Strippers Are Engaged in a Fierce Battle Over Whether They Should Be Contractors or Employees. The Last Reform? A Dial Tone. Willamette Week (March 13, 2019)
Stormy Daniels’ strip club arrest highlights how evangelical Americans are criminalizing sex work NBC Think (July 13, 2018)
Why Are Strippers More Heavily Vetted Than Uber Drivers? Jezebel (May 13, 2016)
Wildcatting: A Stripper’s Guide to the Modern American Boomtown Buzzfeed (July 25, 2013)
The State v. Robertson (This is the one story that definitively explains the precedent-setting court case behind Oregon’s stout free speech protections. I’ve presented versions of the research behind it in talks ranging from Portland Startup Week to the stage at Mary’s Club.) SBNation (October 28, 2015)
I wrote this piece five years later, on the occasion of the death of Oregon Supreme Court Justice Hans Linde, author of the Robertson opinion.
Double T’s Last Ride SBNation (September 10, 2014)
The Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Myth Sports on Earth (January 29, 2014)
A Houston Punk Band’s Protest Anthem Still Resonates, Forty Years After Its Release (The story of how longtime crime and politics reporter Tim Fleck was secretly the voice behind “The Badge Means You Suck,” a song that got Houston punk band AK-47 sued by that city’s police union) Texas Monthly (March 10, 2021)
“Closer”: The Strange Story of Nine Inch Nails’ Enduring Strip Club Anthem, Revolver (Feb/Mar 2019)
The B-52’s Sunday Review, Pitchfork (October 14, 2018)
“Pony”, “Closer” and Magic Mike XXL’s Embrace of Strip Club Classics Pitchfork (July 22, 2015)
Say Goodbye To Sons Of Anarchy And Its Lousy Soundtrack Deadspin (December 9, 2014)
Missoula Independent stories*
Three stories on federal immigration arrests in Missoula (Aug/Sept 2018)
Surviving Summer: How to Play Safe this Season (May 31, 2018)
*These stories are in PDF form because the Independent’s site was removed from the web on Sept. 11, 2018, when parent company Lee Enterprises closed the paper. And really, all clips more than a year old should be PDFs because you never know.