Google has made it easy to find reporter’s bylines. Here is just a sample of some of my classic work that I count as favorites.
Meet six unsung civil rights heroes—among the first black men to fight their way into the executive suite. (It took me a year of reporting to find these men.)
The Man Who Changed Medicine
Mike Milken spent a year beating prostate cancer. He spent the next decade shaking up cancer research. Now thousands of men are living longer—and leaders everywhere are taking notice. (My first Fortune cover story.)
Young, Gifted, Black—And Out Of Here
A generation looks beyond acceptance in business.
Up Against The Wal-Mart
Think your job is tough? Meet the people whose task it is to unionize the world’s biggest company. (Fortune writers don’t typically hang with labor organizers. Before I could do the story it took months to convince the union folks I wasn’t a Wal-Mart spy.)
Women vs. Wal-Mart
How can the retailer reconcile its storied culture with the anger of these female workers? (This is one of the first stories in the national press covering the class action suit. What made the story special for me is that we took stunning full page portraits of the named plaintiffs and ran them in the magazine. Many of the women had never had their photo taken by a professional photographer and were surprised how pretty they looked.)
Fortune Small Business
Quiet and hard-working, she seemed like the perfect employee. Until her boss found out she had stolen almost $250,000 from the company. Now she’s fresh out of prison and seeking redemption. This is the story of how and why she did it. (I built a relationship with this woman while she was still in jail, calling her weekly.)
The New York Times Magazine
I found out in sixth grade. I was supposed to go to a friend’s house after school, but during lunch period, she remembered it was her parents’ wedding anniversary. I’d have to come over another afternoon. I understood..