A staff writer for The Atlantic since 2015, Yong is the recipient of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting.
More Black storytellers are turning to the horror genre to unpack the traumas of racism. But some viewers are growing tired of these stories.
For decades, the media have chronicled a Hollywood mega-producer’s reputation as a bully—and even praised him for it.
The nation’s politics is in dire need of earnestness. Can its culture meet the moment?
The more vulnerable she became, the greater the public’s interest was in watching her disintegrate.
What do Bridgerton, DeuxMoi, and Dickinson have in common? They capture the new appeal of anonymous gossip.
Think of it as a public service: Photos can be powerful tools in overcoming skepticism toward inoculation.
The most-watched news network in America is choosing to mislead its viewers about the state of the election.
At a time when uncertainty may be the election’s only immediate result, Americans have an opportunity to rethink the way stories are told.
The president’s favorite debate tactic was a foundational form of disrespect—levied against his opponent as well as the nation.
How Donald Trump’s favorite news source became a language
The saga of 19-year-old Aaron Coleman’s political candidacy has turned into a too-simple parable about forgiving youthful indiscretion.
Her candidacy meets a culture that, too often, still doesn’t know what to make of women who seek to lead.
Roy Den Hollander, now suspected of murder, was once a mini-celebrity—a figure whose misogyny was dismissed as entertainment.
The president’s dark emotional inheritance has become the nation’s.
Many prominent writers and thinkers seem invested in the notion that simply facing strong public criticism is a threat to free speech.
The disappearance of local news is a slow-moving disaster.
As the pandemic has raged on, popular culture has found new ways to ask an old question: What could have been instead?
A national discussion has erupted, again, over racism in food media. But that discussion is one part of the problem.
News reports often use euphemistic phrases that fail to engage the complex realities of the recent protests.