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Peter Moskowitz

Writer/Journalist

Brooklyn

Peter Moskowitz

Hey, I'm Peter. I grew up in New York City and still live here (but in a different, cheaper borough). My work has appeared in Al Jazeera America, The New York Times, The Guardian, the Daily News, Gawker, and many other places.

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As Internet behemoths rise, Chattanooga highlights a different path

Chattanooga’s municipally run Internet is faster than most connections in the world and could be a sign of the future. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Clay Posey is in the middle of developing a 3-D printing business out of the premier local startup incubator Co.Lab. He works on his laptop in Co.Lab’s downtown Chattanooga storefront space, where he shares tables, a fridge and a support network with dozens of others who are looking to raise capital and test their tech ideas.
Al Jazeera America Link to Story
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In death, HIV-positive man may become symbol of transplant hope for others

Activists say Lamont Valentin may have been turned away by hospitals for a lifesaving operation due to his HIV status. Activists say that if health policies were modernized, people like Lamont Valentin, who died earlier this month, could have longer lives.Photo courtesy of ACT UP New York. Lamont Valentin needed an oxygen tank to breathe.
Al Jazeera America Link to Story
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Cold weather snap fuels misinformation over climate change

Scientists warn that people shouldn't confuse weather with climate.Michael Dwyer/AP. Meteorologists predict record-low temperatures for large swaths of the United States on Sunday and Monday. The cold snap, which comes after snow blanketed much of the northeastern United States last week, has also led to confusion surrounding how weather relates to global warming.
Al Jazeera America Link to Story
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Touched by Bloodshed, Working Now to Spare Others

Tameeka Ford Norville runs an after-school program at the Ingersoll Community Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, as well as at seven other locations. The programs are facing significant cuts in city financing. Last month, Tameeka Ford Norville was sitting in her lilac-colored office at the Ingersoll Community Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, where she runs an after-school program, when the phone rang.
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Louisiana forests being sacrificed to fuel Europe’s biomass boom

A swamp with cypress trees in the Atchafalaya Basin.Danita Delimont/Getty Images. BATON ROUGE, La. — The smell of freshly cut wood wafting from a dirt lot along an industrial stretch of road near the state capital might not conjure up an image of green energy, but some say this is the future of sustainability.
Al Jazeera America Link to Story
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All My Friends Are Dead

Five years off Adderall and Dexedrine and I’m still in withdrawal. Months of yoga, years of therapy, meditating each morning—everything helps, but nothing helps completely. Every time I sit down to do work I have pain in my chest. I feel like I’ve somehow made a wrong turn in life. I miss the amphetamine salts.
Gawker Link to Story
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City Housing Projects Call For Environmental Help

On a recent Saturday, Ashley Paniagua walked down a brick pathway that snaked between the towering Manhattanville Houses in Harlem, and headed toward a small garden she had helped plant months earlier. But the gates to the gardens were locked — the government worker who opened them every morning had yet to do so.
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For Winter’s Gloom, a Healing Dose of Light in a Garden

Michelle V. Agins/The New York TimesLynne Spevack led a tour of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this month. Spevack is a psychotherapist with a specialty in seasonal affective disorder. She believes sunlight is a good antidote. One good measure of the effect winter weather has on New Yorkers can be found in the attendance numbers for the tours of Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
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Kale causes controversy in New Orleans

Cassi and Peter Dymond, owners of Satsuma Cafe, in New Orleans, outside their business.Courtesy of Satsuma Cafe. A New York Times article called “Experiencing New Orleans With Fresh Eyes and Ears,” published earlier this month, wasn’t so different from many articles in the paper’s travel section: it delved into the culture of a city, surveying the newest and hippest in dining, art and music.
Al Jazeera America Link to Story
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Activists campaign for better access to 'HIV morning-after pill'

Two years ago, James Krellenstein had unprotected sex. Luckily, the 22-year-old knew exactly what to do. The next day, he took a train from his parents' house on Long Island to see a doctor at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. The doctor prescribed James PEP – a strong combination of drugs usually prescribed for people who already have HIV.
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Pa. Dems fight to prove they can milk fracking for all it’s worth

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Lycoming County looks like a lot of the rest of Pennsylvania: Pothole-marked roads snake through mountains and farmland, leading to little one-street towns that often contain little more than a coffee shop, a bank, a gas station and a bar. But ever since companies like Anadarko, EXCO Resources, XTO Energy and Range Resources came to town, everyday life has had a little more buzz around here.
Al Jazeera America Link to Story
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Federal report warns of dire climate consequences, but will action follow?

Climate change is real and has the potential to catastrophically affect every aspect of American life, Barack Obama’s administration said Tuesday in a report, prompting immediate calls for a national response akin to a “wartime effort.”. The White House said the report is “the most comprehensive scientific assessment ever generated of climate change and its impacts across every region of America and major sectors of the U.S. economy.”.
Al Jazeera America Link to Story

About

Peter Moskowitz

Hi. As I said before, I'm Peter. I've written a lot of stories about a lot of stuff. Reading some of them would tell you more about my skills than reading this thing right now. But if you're really into reading short biographies of people you don't know, – and who am I to judge what you should read? – then by all means, read ahead.

But first, a note: This site contains 12 stories. If you want to see more, email me.

I was born in Manhattan and attended public schools there until I was 18, at which point I took a leave from New York to attend college in Western Massachusetts.

At Hampshire (it's the one without grades or majors), I built a self-designed concentration in public health, journalism, and photography. I was hired as an intern, then as a part-time reporter, at a local NPR station (WFCR) in Amherst. That great experience is basically what gave me the idiotic idea to try to make a career out of reporting and writing.

But a few years later and it's not so bad! I've written for some top outlets. I wrote a personal essay about prescription drugs that I think made an impact. I spent a year at Al Jazeera America writing about the environment, oil and gas companies, infrastructure issues, inequality, and other depressing topics.

And now I'm going to continue writing those kinds of stories, hopefully for your fine media outfit (I assume maybe one person has made it this far, and I hope that person is an editor at an esteemed publication).

I really care about the environment, inequality, and other big issues, and I think other people do too. They just have to be written about in the right way to get people to realize that seemingly abstruse concepts actually play out in their lives every day.

I think I specialize in taking broad topics like global warming and wage stagnation and turning them into human stories with drama and flair. I think those kinds of stories are eminently readable and sharable. So let me write some for you!

I also like dogs, ice cream, and rosé.

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Skills

  • turning it up
  • consulting
  • eating
  • cooking
  • copy editing
  • video production
  • editing
  • writing