Women’s March

Women’s March

Amid war and ruin in Syria, a Kurdish-led movement has established a society ruled by radical democracy—of, for, and by women.

Learned at My Father’s Feet

Learned at My Father’s Feet

I took care of my father near the end of his life, as dementia slowly unraveled the strong and proud man I had known. His memories faded, his body failed him — and yet his heart was full of grace.

Across Oceans, Haunted by Memories

Across Oceans, Haunted by Memories

The Truongs and the Vos escaped war-ravaged Vietnam, but years later, the wounds of unspoken trauma and regrets have not healed. In a story that spans three decades across three countries, Aimee Phan’s debut novel describes the secret history of two families and the shared pain that both unites and divides them.

Life after Innocence

Life after Innocence

Among them, Jeffrey Deskovic, Kian Khatibi, and Fernando Bermudez spent forty-three years in New York prisons. All were eventually exonerated—freed by DNA evidence, confessions, and recanted testimony. Their photos before and after incarceration speak to lives transformed, years lost.

Freed, but Scarred

Freed, but Scarred

Best of In The Fray 2012. When he is feeling overwhelmed, Fernando Bermudez lies down in his son’s bedroom. After spending eighteen years in prison for a murder he did not commit, he finds the confined space soothing. For exonerated prisoners like Bermudez, the struggle to rebuild their lives goes on, long after the reporters and cameras are gone.

The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled

Best of In The Fray 2012. With a pack, a duffel bag, and a handful of Spanish words, I had hitched my way up the road to Cuba’s northern coast. But now it was getting dark, no more cars were stopping, and I needed to find a place to sleep.

Havel: An Authentic Life

Havel: An Authentic Life

Best of In The Fray 2012. Long before he was a dissident or president, Václav Havel was a playwright. His plays offer the fullest picture of the late Czech writer’s moral vision, which cast aside ideology in favor of a more authentic, more personal “truth and love.”

Girl’s Best Friend

Girl’s Best Friend

Lessons on embracing life, from the dogs.

In Exile

In Exile

How I learned to walk away.

Capitalism Reborn: An East African Story

Capitalism Reborn: An East African Story

Best of In The Fray 2012. Around the world, protesters decry the inequality and excess of free-market capitalism’s “race to the bottom.” But in East Africa, social entrepreneurs are planting the young roots of a new, cause-minded capitalism.

Playing the Streets

Playing the Streets

Big John plays chess for a three-dollar donation. C bets customers five bucks they can’t beat him. John plays days. C works the chessboard until 5 a.m. John has a family, an apartment, a job. C hustles to survive. These are New York’s street players.

My L.I.F.E. story

My L.I.F.E. story

Joining the fight to promote diversity through campus advocacy

Parallel Lives

Parallel Lives

Journalist Eliza Griswold circles the globe to explore the ancient feud between Christianity and Islam.

Rediscovering the Old Country

Rediscovering the Old Country

My journey to peace with my Polish heritage.



Yellow River Journalism

Yellow River Journalism

Best of In The Fray 2010. A quest for truth in Lanzhou, China.

Skin Deep

Skin Deep

A deadly lampshade illuminates reporter Mark Jacobson's profound journey into the Holocaust.

The men on the streets

The men on the streets

Creating a life in Tokyo

Dreaming Lhasa

Dreaming Lhasa

Tibetan refugees build new lives while dreaming about their homeland.