Conor Friedersdorf

Conor Friedersdorf

Conor Friedersdorf is a California-based staff writer at The Atlantic, where he focuses on politics and national affairs. He is the founding editor of The Best of Journalism, a newsletter devoted to exceptional nonfiction.

To Prevent Crime, Walk the Dog on At-Risk Blocks

The LAPD plans to release maps showing where future crime is most likely to happen, in hopes that residents will help stop it.

Policemen Who Shoot Dogs

A journalist is tracking incidents of gratuitous pet deaths around the country.

The Surveillance City of Camden, New Jersey

A community beset by crime, and the intrusive tools they're using in hopes of stopping it.

Stop Banning Public Nudity

Why blanket prohibitions are misguided.

A Ridiculous Proposal to Jail Boston's Saggy Pants Wearers for 3 Years

A Boston non-profit pushes the city to enforce the state's "chastity, morality, decency, and good order" laws more forcefully. What is the world coming to?

When Pinball Was Illegal in New York (and Chicago and L.A.)

Can't hear those buzzers and bells.

This Is What the Opposite of Gun Control Looks Like

In a planned community in Idaho, all teens would be required to carry loaded AR-15s.

The History Behind Why NYC Drops an 11,875 Pound Ball on New Year's Eve

Wouldn't explosions in the sky be preferable?

When Calling Someone Australian Is Racist

An international incident sheds light on the trans-Tasman rivalry with New Zealand and the limits of criminalizing speech.

Is This Recording Enough to End Stop and Frisk?

Listen to the audio a 17-year-old secretly recorded of police disparaging his mixed-race appearance and threatening to break his arm.

The Criminalization of the RNC Protesters

Tampa's excessive police presence is having a "chilling effect."

Baltimore's Newest Crime Fighting Equation

The city's police are fighting illegal guns rather than drugs. Will it cut down on violence?

How Much Should a Bankrupt City Pay Its Retired Police Officers?

A former chief in Stockton, California, is making $204,000 a year. This is unsustainable, and it needs to stop.

Olympic Park Feels a Little Like a War Zone

One former war correspondent compared it to the "American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Was Hurricane Katrina Good for New Orleans's Schools?

Mayor Mitch Landrieu makes the case.