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  • John's article "How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts" in the December issue of The Atlantic won the Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Journalism bestowed by the American Society of Journalists & Authors. The article was also nominated for a National Magazine Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

  • John got quite an education reporting and writing this article about teen sexting for the October issue of Minnesota Monthly:
  • John's profile of Teri Griege, a woman who refused to let cancer defeat her, appears on

  • The opioid epidemic has sucker-punched seniors in America, who are particularly vulnerable to addiction to painkillers. John writes about this in the AARP Bulletin: http://

  • On the nightstand: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.

  • On the iPod: Jackson Browne.

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