Stunt Journalism Hall of Fame
The inaugural class of the Stunt Journalism Hall of Fame. Future stories will be chosen by readers and purveyors of stunt journalism.
Nellie Bly / New York World / 1887
One of the most affecting stories by one of stunt journalism’s pioneers. Bly pretended to be insane and got herself committed to Blackwell Island Insane Asylum in New York. Her story led to reform of the institution.
A.J. Jacobs / Esquire / 2005
Jacobs, one of the most prolific and best-known stunt journalists, turned over much of his life to an executive assistant in India. The writing’s hilarious. The insight into globalization runs deep.
Christopher Hitchens / Vanity Fair / 2008
Military veterans tortured Hitchens, as he desired. His story powerfully conveyed the horror of the experience and helped shape the debate around U.S. interrogation methods.
George Plimpton / Sports Illustrated / 1964
Plimpton played out the fantasy of being a professional athlete with his customary sense of adventure and literary flair.
Brendan Klinkenberg / Buzzfeed / 2015
A landmark in modern stunt journalism. Klinkenberg goes for deep immersion and too-much detail about a questionable but entertaining quest that blows up on social media.