Behind the Feature

BEHIND THE BRIEFINGS: PETER BAKER

The way this presidency moves, it’s sort of like a pinball machine, bouncing from issue to issue with amazing velocity. You sometimes find yourself on the same day writing about North Korea, nuclear weapons on the one hand, and the opioid crisis on the other, and some sort of big personnel shuffle at the same time.

BEHIND THE BRIEFINGS: PETER BAKER

BEHIND THE BRIEFINGS: ASHLEY PARKER

I apparently have an endless capacity to be obsessed with subjects. I’m obsessed with Trump right now. From just what he was trying to express when he took to Twitter shortly after midnight one night and wrote “Covfefe”...[to] how he’s making decisions on how to handle the crisis in North Korea, I find my beat fascinating.

BEHIND THE BRIEFINGS: ASHLEY PARKER

BEHIND THE PHOTOS: NORTHERN MONGOLIA MINING CAMPS

And so, after having flown for a day, driven for three days, we now rode reindeer for three days in the dead of winter over moonscapes, and arrived in this place which was some hybrid of Mordor and Lord of the Flies. Reindeer bounded right up to us, like we’d just arrived at Santa’s workshop.

BEHIND THE PHOTOS: NORTHERN MONGOLIA MINING CAMPS

MY GUANTÁNAMO, AND THEIRS

"I didn’t get to see Camp X-Ray on my first trip to Guantánamo—in 2003, for The New York Times Magazine. The original detention facility for prisoners of the war on terror, it was used for only a few months, until something larger and sturdier was ready. But on my second visit, in 2014 for Vanity Fair, the military placed the abandoned prison on the itinerary for the morning of my third and final day.

MY GUANTÁNAMO, AND THEIRS