Author Archives: George Petras

Answering Q’s on Amazon’s HQ2

I put together this longform graphic — a more sophisticated presentation for USA Today explainer graphics — as Amazon was narrowing its choice of a new second headquarters. Using Seattle as the obvious example, I wanted to show what the … Continue reading

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Personal Data in Plain English

This was a primer I did on the collection and use of personal data. The explainer uses a simple step-by-step explanation describing your private information, how it’s collected, who’s using it, and how you can be affected. A link to … Continue reading

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Looking Back at Tet

My first visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., was — fittingly — at night. I came with a few colleagues; we ended up drifting away from one another as the black wall drew us in. I was … Continue reading

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The Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

This is a centerspread graphic I did showing a chronology of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and how it fit into the American civil rights movement. I researched and wrote it for a special tabloid publication dedicated to Black … Continue reading

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Cold Days in North Korea and Maine

I covered the christening of a U.S. Navy destroyer, the USS Thomas Hudner, in Bath, Maine, in April 2017. I wrote the story for the Navy Times. The ship, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, is named in honor of … Continue reading

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“Looks Like the Batmobile”

I write motorcycle reviews for USA Today on occasion. I’ll get a vehicle from a manufacturer, ride it for a while, take lots of photos, and write up my impressions. One of the latest was the Polaris Slingshot, which looks … Continue reading

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Vietnam War Through Time

This was a center-spread page I designed for a USA Today tabloid published in tandem with the release of “The Vietnam War,” the PBS documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Florentine Films, Burns’ production company, supplied the text and … Continue reading

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