I write about religion in America for The New York Times, the Washington Post and elsewhere.
The Revealer, in an interview, said: “He has a particular talent for telling stories about complicated people with a kind of lucid nuance.”
The Society of Features Journalism, in a portfolio award announcement, wrote: “Deeply reported and well-written profiles of fascinating religious figures. As a collection, they reveal as much about American spirituality as the individuals.”
My reporting has also won the Rockower Award for Excellence in Feature Writing and a Silurians Press Club award.
I’ve written about eclectic religious responses to the pandemic, including New Age author Christiane Northrup’s conspiracy makeover; a faith-healing, demon-exorcising TikToker whose fandom grew during lockdown months; and a Pentecostal church that tripled in size after flouting health orders.
For The New York Times, I’ve covered topics like: the media mogul Stephen Strang and his Charisma Media empire; New Age superstar Marianne Williamson and A Course In Miracles; an End Times evangelist who says the Bible foretold Donald Trump; the revival of a forgotten 19th-century scripture called the Oahspe; poet-turned-psychic Jane Roberts’s Seth channeling; the famed New York subway psychic known as Keano; and much more. Find some of that writing here.
And I speak often about my work, in places such as: the American Academy of Religion; the Religion Seminar at Columbia University; the Religion News Association; National Public Radio; and many podcasts.