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James D. Walsh

Staff Writer, Intelligencer

James D. Walsh has been an Intelligencer staff writer since 2019. He’s the author of Playing Against the House: The Dramatic World of an Undercover Union Organizer.

  1. feature
    The Stolen Kids of Sarah LawrenceWhat happened to the group of bright college students who fell under the sway of a classmate’s father?
  2. court appearances
    ‘He Made Living So Painful’: Victims at the Larry Ray SentencingLarry Ray’s victims embraced as the sex trafficker was sentenced to 60 years.
  3. crime
    Here’s Why Everything at Walgreens Is Suddenly Behind PlasticThe recent spike in shoplifting is both overblown and real. And almost everyone is profiting from it (including you).
  4. reasons to love new york
    La Guardia Is Kind of RitzySky bridges have become something of a status symbol for airports around the world. La Guardia has two.
  5. reasons to love new york
    Why I Want the Marijuana Dispensary LicenseHere, some applicants on their high hopes.
  6. the group portrait
    Elon Musk’s Former Employees Pour One Out for TwitterIn New York, they gathered at a favorite post-work bar. They commiserated, gossiped, swapped numbers, and promised to keep in touch.
  7. operators
    The Mennonite Airbnb Hustler of Upper ManhattanKonrad Bicher, calling himself “the Wolf of Airbnb,” ran a sublet scheme that made him rich — for a while.
  8. crime
    The Bees of WrathRorie Woods knew foreclosure all too well. And when her friend was evicted, she rushed over with a venomous posse.
  9. crime
    The Sarah Lawrence Cult Case Gets One More ConvictionOnce considered a victim, Larry Ray’s “lieutenant” pleads guilty.
  10. plagued
    Paging Dr. NormalcyAshish Jha, the COVID czar, wants to make vaccines great again.
  11. the group portrait
    Shark SpottersLooking for what lurks off New York’s beaches.
  12. medicine
    There Is a Monkeypox Antiviral. But Try Getting It.What’s standing between suffering patients and proven relief? Reams of government paperwork.
  13. investigations
    The Delay Behind the Monkeypox Vaccine ShortageThe FDA took months to inspect a critical plant in Europe, leaving Americans without enough shots as the outbreak grows.
  14. encounter
    Patrick Radden Keefe Is One of the Good GuysThe author of Rogues talks about killers, criminals, and the “inescapable cruelty” of his work.
  15. public health
    New York’s Belated Monkeypox Vaccine Drive Is a ‘Recipe for Disaster‘The city just had 1,000 doses and only began administering them to residents two days before Pride.
  16. early and often
    The Supreme Court Gun Ruling Could Lead to More ViolenceExperts and research say that looser regulation of concealed carry is correlated with higher gun-homicide rates.
  17. early and often
    The Potato Roll Empire Bankrolling Christian Nationalist Doug MastrianoThe Martins were bit players in politics, until they put Doug Mastriano one step away from becoming Pennsylvania’s next governor.
  18. operators
    The Ugliest Divorce in Manhattan Real EstateHFZ’s luxury developers staked their futures on Bjarke Ingels’s High Line debut and lost everything.
  19. just asking questions
    Kara Swisher on Elon Musk: ‘You Can’t Pin Him Down’Judging the new owner of Twitter by his tweets alone would be a mistake.
  20. court appearances
    Why Do We Fail People in Cults?And why must victims save themselves?
  21. court appearances
    Larry Ray, Accused Cult Leader, Found Guilty on All CountsThe saga of the alleged cult leader of Sarah Lawrence students is over, for now.
  22. court appearances
    The Story That Won’t Be Told in the Larry Ray TrialWhat happened to Iban Goicoechea?
  23. court appearances
    A Disaster in the Larry Ray TrialThe government releases confidential information, and the defendant leaves in an ambulance.
  24. courtroom drama
    Accused Cult Leader Larry Ray Leaves Court in AmbulanceLarry Ray, accused of controlling a group of Sarah Lawrence students, left the courthouse in an ambulance today.
  25. court appearances
    What Did Larry Ray Do to These Kids?Santos Rosario was Larry Ray’s truest follower. Why is he now testifying against him?
  26. russia
    Russia’s Antiwar Protesters Are Terrified and Still Marching“I can’t believe this can happen in the 21st century. The Iron Curtain is closing.”
  27. court appearances
    The Larry Ray Trial, ExplainedAccused of turning a Sarah Lawrence dorm into a cult, Larry Ray is now on trial.
  28. just asking questions
    The Spotify SpinKara Swisher says to focus less on Joe Rogan and more on the company paying him.
  29. the shipping news
    Buying an Old Staten Island Ferry Is a Terrible IdeaPete Davidson and Colin Jost are the latest in a long line of excited ferry buyers, many of whom have crunched right into rusty reality soon after.
  30. just asking questions
    Sam Quinones on the 1 Million American Dead From OpioidsThe best-selling journalist on other epidemic’s new milestone and what got us there.
  31. omicron
    The City’s Teachers Confess They Want to Go RemoteBattered by Omicron, many feel hung out to dry by the city and even their own union.
  32. omicron
    The Great American Testing CrunchHow it happened, what to do about it, and when it might end.
  33. just asking questions
    Will America’s ‘Immunity Wall’ Hold Up to Omicron?Dr. Eric Topol on the one factor that could determine how bad things get.
  34. omicron
    How Omicron Pushed Cornell Into Red AlertA big COVID outbreak, driven by the new variant, has shut down the Ivy League campus and could be a sign of what’s to come.
  35. just asking questions
    A Skeptic’s Case Against Boosting EveryoneDr. Paul Offit, an FDA advisor, explains why he thinks another shot for most people is unnecessary, even with Omicron.
  36. just asking questions
    Why Dr. Michael Osterholm Says Omicron Will Become Dominant in WeeksAnd it’s time to stop thinking of boosters as a “luxury dose.”
  37. just asking questions
    The Cautious Case for Omicron OptimismDr. Monica Gandhi says there’s reason to trust preliminary reports of mild illness from the new variant.
  38. pandemic
    Why Omicron and Delta Could Be a ‘Twin Epidemic’Dr. Peter Hotez sorts through the uncertainty about the new variant and how it may affect people differently than its cousin.
  39. just asking questions
    A Variant Hunter on Omicron’s ‘Tectonic Shift’While no one is certain how the new form of the virus will shape up, a virologist explains why the mutant has freaked out so many scientists.
  40. just asking questions
    How Jack Dorsey Failed TwitterScott Galloway dances on the outgoing CEO’s grave.
  41. pandemic
    Vaccinating Kids May Be the Biggest COVID Debate YetSchoolchildren are required to get a host of shots, but will they be for this virus? Experts say a mandate may be premature.
  42. hot shots
    This Holiday Season’s Hottest Item for Kids: VaccinesSupply is struggling to keep up with demand, but so far it’s going better than the drive to inoculate adults earlier this year.
  43. just asking questions
    Why Facebook’s Metaverse Is Dead on ArrivalScott Galloway thinks Mark Zuckerberg is exactly the wrong person to build an alternate reality.
  44. the facebook papers
    ‘The Problem Is Him’Kara Swisher on Mark Zuckerberg’s crisis and ours.
  45. just asking questions
    Harvard Has Too Much Money to Have So Few StudentsScott Galloway on gargantuan endowments and why elite universities’ obsession with exclusivity and prestige is unethical.
  46. crime
    What It Was Like to Face the Monster of Sarah LawrenceMy encounters with Larry Ray.
  47. education
    Will Ending Gifted and Talented Programs Help Desegregate Schools?Even parents and advocates of the programs acknowledge how much they have disadvantaged Black and brown students.
  48. just asking questions
    Ozy and Embracing the ‘Fake It Till You Make It’ PhilosophyScott Galloway on the rise of the storyteller CEO and the risk of vision becoming fiction.
  49. pandemic
    De Blasio’s Vaxx Mandate Led to an Avalanche of Shots for TeachersThe order took effect Monday, suspending 5 percent of employees in the nation’s largest school district.
  50. politics
    ‘I’m Not Changing My Mind’: New York Fires Unvaccinated Health-Care WorkersHospitals are holding on so far, after the mandate to get the shot took effect at midnight.
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