year in review

Intelligencer’s 20 Most-Read Stories in 2022

Photo: Clockwise from left: Hart Van Denburg/AP/Shutterstock, Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images, Mark Harris, Ashley Pena, Marcus McDonald, Natalia Agatte

After two long years of the COVID-19 pandemic, life finally returned to something like normal in 2022. But as reflected in Intelligencer’s list of the year’s most-read stories, measured by audience-engagement time, there were still plenty of surprising twists and spectacular falls. Readers gravitated to stories that took them inside the year’s cascade of money meltdowns, like those at the hedge funds Tiger Global and Three Arrows Capital. They also came to Intelligencer for in-depth political coverage, including a profile of key midterms candidate (and now Senator-elect) John Fetterman, reporting on Donald Trump’s decision to run in 2024, and a look at Democrats’ questions about whether Joe Biden should do the same.

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Galaxy Brain

By Molly Fischer

Photo: Brian Finke

How the impeccably credentialed, improbably charming economic historian Adam Tooze supplanted the dirtbag left. Read the story


Collision Course

By Lauren Smiley

Photo-Illustration: Courtesy of family members, court documents, and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

The car wrecks were staged. The injuries were real. Led by a charismatic rogue, one family bloodied itself to pocket $6 million. Read the story


The Vulnerability of John Fetterman

By Rebecca Traister

Photo: Brian Finke

Inside this year’s highest-stakes Senate race. Read the story


Masters of the Bubbleverse

By Michelle Celarier

Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer. Photo: Amanda L. Gordon/Bloomberg

Secretive hedge fund Tiger Global changed the rules on tech investing. Then it all went bad. Read the story


Why Ivana Trump Was Buried at Bedminster Golf Course: 3 Theories

By Margaret Hartmann

Photo: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

With his ex-wife’s burial in a simple grave, Trump’s weird 15-year dream of turning his New Jersey property into a cemetery has come true. Read the story


A Handgun for Christmas

By Lisa Miller

Photo: Oakland County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images

Will a jury find James and Jennifer Crumbley criminally responsible for their son’s mass shooting? Read the story


Why Did Keisha Lance Bottoms Quit?

By Zak Cheney-Rice

Photo: Elijah Nouvelage

The mayor of Atlanta was a rising star in Democratic politics. Then the crime wave hit. Read the story


She Was WWE’s First Female Referee. She Says Vince McMahon Raped Her.

By Abraham Josephine Riesman

Photo: Courtesy the International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame

Rita Chatterton does not want to be forgotten. Read the story


There Has to Be a Backup Plan. There’s a Backup Plan, Right?

By Gabriel Debenedetti

Illustration: Maxime Gérin

Inside the 2024 soul-searching that’s happening in every corner of the Democratic Party. Read the story


Seed Money

By Ken Silverstein

Photo: Alexei Hay

How one billionaire with a savior complex and a voracious sexual appetite got conned by his best friend, who saw him as the perfect mark. Read the story


Why Isn’t Brittney Griner the Biggest Sports Story in the Country?

By Will Leitch

Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

One of the WNBA’s premier players has been detained in Russia for weeks, yet the reaction has been curiously muted. Read the story


The Return of the Urban Firestorm

By David Wallace-Wells

Photo: Hart Van Denburg/AP/Shutterstock

What happened in Colorado was something much scarier than a wildfire. Read the story


13,000 Pounds at 118 Miles Per Hour

By Ben Ryder Howe

Photo-Illustration: Mark Harris. Photo courtesy of of the National Transportation Safety Board

It was the deadliest wreck in years. And the man behind it was one of the FBI’s most notorious informants. Read the story


Donald Trump on 2024: ‘I’ve Already Made That Decision’

By Olivia Nuzzi

Illustration: Zohar Lazar

The only question left in the former president’s mind is when he’ll announce. Read the story


Why America’s Railroads Refuse to Give Their Workers Paid Leave

By Eric Levitz

Photo: George Rose/Getty Images

Wall Street’s new robber barons can’t make the trains run on time. Read the story


‘I More So Consider Myself a Con Artist Than Anything’

By Gabrielle Bluestone

Photo: Ashley Pena

What Danielle Miller learned at Horace Mann and Rikers. Read the story


Black Lives Matter Secretly Bought a $6 Million House

By Sean Campbell

Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer; Photos: Getty

Allies and critics alike have questioned where the organization’s money has gone. Read the story


The Sordid Saga of Hunter Biden’s Laptop

By Andrew Rice and Olivia Nuzzi

Photo: Marcus McDonald

The most invasive data breach imaginable is a political scandal Democrats can’t just wish away. Read the story


The Crypto Geniuses Who Vaporized a Trillion Dollars

By Jen Wieczner

Illustration: Natalia Agatte

Everyone trusted the two guys at Three Arrows Capital. They knew what they were doing — right? Read the story


The Last, Lonely Days of Ivana Trump

By Nina Burleigh

Photo: Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images

Her friends wish she’d never met the rakish young Italian they called the “snake.” Read the story

Intelligencer’s 20 Most-Read Stories in 2022