Best Reads 2016

My favorite feature length articles of the past year. Along with two special recognitions for writers whose work was consistently exceptional in 2016.
  1. 1.
    Ghost Boat: Tracking the Migrant Crisis from North Africa to Southern Europe
    Matter: A Medium Company; Eric Reidy
  2. 2.
    We've Spent 1 Trillion Dollars on Homeland Security since 9/11: Are We Any Safer?
    The Atlantic; Steven Brill
  3. 3.
    If You Can't Afford a Lawyer: New Orleans Public Defender Refuses Cases
    Reveal News; Eve Abrams
  4. 4.
    As Local Coverage Wanes, Locals Become Self Taught Watchdogs
    Columbia Journalism Review; Miranda Spivack
  5. 5.
    Silicon Valley Imported Cheap Labor: The Hidden Workforce Expanding Tesla's Factory
    Mercury News; Louis Hansen
  6. 6.
    SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Zeynep Tufekci
    The New York Times
  7. 7.
    Trump University and the Art of the Get-rich Seminar
    Ars Technica; Joe Mullin, Jonathan Kaminsky
  8. 8.
    The Future of America is Being Written in this Tiny Office: Hillary Clinton's Policy Team
    Highline; Jonathan Cohn
  9. 9.
    The Powerful Letter the Stanford Victim Read Aloud to Her Attacker
    Buzzfeed; Anonymous, Katie Baker
  10. 10.
    We're the Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11
    Politico; Garrett Graff
  11. 11.
    How Rudy Giuliani Helped Landlords Get a Tax Break with No Strings Attached
    ProPublica; Marcelo Rochabrun
  12. 12.
    SPECIAL RECOGNITION: David Fahrenthold
    The Washington Post
  13. 13.
    She was the PTA Mom Everybody Knew. Who Would Want to Harm Her?
    LA Times; Christopher Goffard
  14. 14.
    Unfriendly Climate: The World's Leading Climate Change Expert is an Evangelical Christian
    Texas Monthly; Sonia Smith
  15. 15.
    My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: An Inside Look at a CCA Prison
    Mother Jones; Shane Bauer
  16. 16.
    The Court that Rules the World: Inside the Global "Club" that Helps Executives Escape their Crimes
    Buzzfeed News; Chris Hamby
  17. 17.
    Jimmy Fallon Does Not Have to Cater to Anyone
    Esquire; Scott Raab
  18. 18.
    Putting Human Identity on Trial: If Our Particles Have No Identity, How Can We?
    Nautilus; Amanda Gefter
  19. 19.
    How Algorithms Rule Our Working Lives
    The Guardian; Cathy O'Neil
  20. 20.
    Meet the Doctor Who Gave $1 Million of His Own Money to Keep His Gun Research Going
    Pacific Standard; Lois Beckett
  21. 21.
    Trump Advisors Aim to Privatize Untapped Oil Reserves on Native American Reservations
    Reuters; Valerie Volcovici
  22. 22.
    Millions of American Children Missing Early Lead Tests
    Reuters Special Reports; Joshua Schneyer
  23. 23.
    The Icy Elegance of Arthur Ashe... And the Passion of Muhammad Ali
    Raquet Magazine; Stephen Tignor