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California’s Rim Fire

by Max Whittaker

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I spent five days covering the Rim Fire for both Reuters and The New York Times as it became California’s sixth largest wildfire, burning (as of publication time) 255,858 acres. The fire spread into part of iconic Yosemite National Park, inspiring alarmist headlines along the lines of, “YOSEMITE IS BURNING!!!” Read more.

posted by Max Whittaker on Sep 14th, 2013 in Latest News | 1 Comment »

Video: Pete Muller on covering the mass rape trials in Congo

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Fresno for The New York Times

by Max Whittaker

Parker Stanphill suffers from mental health issues while homeless in Fresno, Calif., September 20, 2012. (Max Whittaker/Prime)

Last September, during a break in presidential campaign coverage, The New York Times sent me to Fresno, California to work on a story by Adam Liptak about the advantages small-population states have over larger ones due to Senate representation. Read more.

posted by Max Whittaker on Mar 13th, 2013 in Latest News | No Comments »

2013 Presidential Inauguration

by Max Whittaker

President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Jill Biden leave the US Capitol after the inauguration, January 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Max Whittaker/Prime)

A presidential inauguration is the epitome of choreographed political theater. Plenty of political theater is self-aggrandizing, but in this particular case, the theater serves a more important and humbling function, emphasizing the peaceful transition of power and respect for the democratic will of the American voter. It also serves to elevate the office of president above any individual who might hold that office.

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posted by Max Whittaker on Jan 31st, 2013 in Latest News | No Comments »

Republican National Convention for The New York Times

by Max Whittaker

The 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012. (Max Whittaker/Prime)

Political conventions are the ultimate in spectacle. Politicians, party faithful, and the media show up by the thousands for what is essentially a circus act. Not much, if anything, substantial happens. Read more.

posted by Max Whittaker on Oct 3rd, 2012 in Latest News | No Comments »

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