Senior reporter, investigations
History: What happens when you donate your body to science?
reason: Sometimes the best stories answer questions you didn’t even know you had, and Abby’s well-written story about body farms is a perfect example. It deals with a topic we don’t talk about enough—death, and more specifically, our dead bodies—with a really hard-to-balance mix of curiosity, compassion, and great attention to detail. It was a delight to read, and if you missed it the first time, I highly recommend it now!
Senior Engagement Editor
history: Who is responsible for climate change? Three charts explain.
Reason: I learned a lot from Casey Crownhart’s stellar climate reports this year, but I think this article on who is responsible for climate change will stay with me for a long time in 2022. He does such an amazing job of contextualizing the big and big problems ahead of us, and in this case behind us, without making it feel completely fatal. (Their newsletter The Spark is also always a great read.)
Senior Reporter, Technology Policy
History: Cheating, Exploited Workers and Cash Handouts: How Worldcoin Recruited Its First Half Million Test Users
Reason: One of my favorite stories this year was Eileen and Adi’s Worldcoin investigation. The reporting on this story was so substantial and took a look at the predatory data mining practices that so many companies are guilty of. I really appreciated the truly global scope of this story and the writers’ examination of how the company’s altruistic crypto-enthusiasm compares to the distressing reality of its implementation.