Natalia Megas is a print journalist based in Athens, Greece and Washington, D.C. with more than a decade's experience reporting for local and international news organizations. She has published feature stories, interviews, and investigative stories in both the U.S. and Greece, including Athens News, Associated Press in Greece, Washingtonian Magazine, The Daily Beast, The Guardian, the Washington Post's vertical The Lily, and Narrative.ly among others. She has also reported for Athens International Radio. She is currently on assignment with Refugees Deeply and Euronews. https://muckrack.com/natalia-megas-1
In an exclusive interview we posted last week, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou talked about his life in prison, charging that his sentence was in retribution for leaking information about the agency’s torture program. Since then, the Senate partially released its report critical of the program, prompting a ping-pong game of blame between critics and defenders. After the release, reporter Natalia Megas wrote to Kiriakou to get his reaction to the Senate report. He answered in two letters about accountability, efficacy, and the problems with the CIA’s interrogations. Some excerpts:...
John Kiriakou CIA Officer Turned Whistleblower Shares His Story: From a window in his rental home in Arlington, John Kiriakou can glimpse his old life: the peaked roof of the dream house he and his wife, Heather, built a decade ago in happier times. Not that Kiriakou shows signs of unhappiness now. His toddler son leads me past a wall hung with welcome home signs to another window overlooking a tree-lined back yard where Kiriakou has spent hours recently watching his kids play on a trampoline.
Celebrating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary with a road trip to every one of its 412 parks, memorials, and other properties sounds audacious—crazy if you leave behind steady incomes and daily showers to do it. What do you call it if you make the circuit, as Mikah Meyer and Andy Waldron plan to, by spending three years traveling in a 72-square-foot cargo van? Historic.
Kathrine Switzer on Historic Run: Kathrine Switzer’s big personality fills the room of a Northern Virginia home. She’s surrounded by parents at a Girls On the Run fundraiser held last week. She’s enthusiastic, assertive, and a fireball. Not everyone is familiar with her story so as she shares her tale of how she became the first official female marathon runner, the room grows silent and all eyes are on Switzer. She’s got their attention and for good reason.
Interview with wildlife photographer, Kristi Odom.
Late Term Abortion Experience: In the wake of Trump’s criticism of late-term abortions, three mothers shatter the misconceptions about why women make the choice
On March 1, 1974 the phone rang in a red brick townhome in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood. A man promptly answered it in a rumpled button-down shirt and crew-cut coiffure. He calmly took notes, then winced. Next to him, his wife steadied herself against his chair. What exactly did Bob do? she thought.
BOWIE, Maryland — Phylecia Faublas can still remember the day she met Richard Collins III two years ago. It was her freshman year at Maryland’s Bowie State University and she and her friends wanted to be part of Baltimore’s protests in 2015.
Cops Suspect Slain Muslim Teen Nabra Hassanen was Raped: FAIRFAX, Virginia — Authorities suspect Nabra Hassanen may have been raped before she was murdered on Sunday, according to two sources with knowledge of the investigation.
Bringing Relief to a Puerto Rican Island with Love: Brittany Roush, 29, helms the desk in her Maryland home office cluttered with paperwork, two computer screens, and countless handwritten sticky notes. She speaks into a smartphone, hoping the person on the other end can help save a hospital effected by Hurricane Maria.
A Young American Dies in Paraguay Mushroom Tea Murder Rape and Coverup: ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay—Luis Villamayor’s sleepless night began like so many do for parents worrying about a child. Hours earlier, he had spoken to his son by phone. Sixteen-year-old Alex Villamayor was spending the weekend at the family ranch of one of his best friends, 400 miles away in Obligado, when things got rowdy. Alex, René Hofstetter, 18, and Alain Jacks Díaz de Bedoya, 16, were drinking mushroom tea alone in the house. René's mother and father had promised to be at the ranch, but they were six hours away.
What Taking On a Harasser and Going Undercover in North Korea Taught This Journalist: In her article for New York magazine’s The Cut, Suki Kim exposes award-winning public radio host John Hockenberry for sexual harassment and in some cases, sexual assault and workplace bullying.
Sextortion Killed Their Son, Cops Looked the Other Way: KANOSH, Utah—Jake Darren Curtis believed his life was over. If he didn’t continue making payments, his online blackmailer promised to destroy everything he loved. His career. His job. His family. The cruelty of the blackmailer’s bullying came loud and clear in instant messages on Kik.
Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles has been doing anything but taking it slow since her breakthrough success at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. From endorsement deals and red carpet appearances at A-list events to appearing on “Dancing with the Stars,” writing her biography, going on her first date and becoming a spokesperson for foster families, Biles continues to reach new heights.
Teacher Celebrates Birthday With a Cause: The day after Valentine’s was unusually silent. At Robinson Secondary School, drama teacher Megan Thrift was accustomed to walking into a boisterous classroom filled with raucous voices and energetic teenagers. “But it was so silent,” she said about Feb. 15.
After Parkland, Two Survivors With a Common Cause Prepare to March for Life: In long braids and oversized dark rimmed glasses, Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting survivor Aalayah Eastmond walked up to the podium and told her story, quickly and unfettered.
Students Join Awakening: Before the Parkland teens rose up to speak out against gun violence in the aftermath of the Stoneman Douglas school shooting, Robinson Secondary School sophomore student Michael McCabe observed that students who wanted to make a change “were lost in the noise”...
Before Parkland, Sante Fe and Columbine...There Was Concord High: In 1985, a 16-year-old dropout showed up to school with a shotgun. Everyone said it was just a fluke.