Explore what I’ve written, archived here by publication.

Or start with these stories:

  • Married at First Sight, Now in a Lasting Relationship, Pacific Standard. Couples in arranged marriages created for a television show have something to teach the rest of us about how to sustain a healthy relationship.
  • Reality on the High SeasPlayboy. I traveled to the Faroe Islands to report on the intersection of environmental activism, local tradition, and documentary reality television. This story won the Society for Professional Journalists’ Sunshine State Award for magazine feature reporting.
  • How Survivor challenges are constructed, NPR. From behind the scenes of the 19th season of Survivor in Samoa, a look at what it takes to create a reality TV challenge.
  • Will Shark Week Get Back to Reality This Year?, Vulture. Discovery Channel’s new leadership explains how they intend to shift Shark Week away from two years of ratings-generating fake documentaries.

You can also learn more about my writing life or see highlights of recent stories.

Pacific Standard

Pacific Standard

Pacific Standard is a magazine that “tells stories about society’s biggest problems, both established and emerging, and the people attempting to solve them.”

Playboy Reality on the High Seas


My journalism in Playboy includes two feature stories.

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I wrote, reported, and narrated several feature stories and one commentary for NPR.

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I contribute regularly to HitFix’s reality television coverage.

The Daily Beast

The Daily Beast

My reporting and essays for The Daily Beast covers subjects from The Bachelor to a Harry Potter theme park attraction’s storytelling.

Andy Dehnart magazine writing

magazines and more

All of the other stories I’ve written for web publications, print magazines, and other outlets are archived here.

Andy Dehnart newspaper articles


Articles published in newspapers, in print and online.

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Starting in 2004, I contributed to the entertainment coverage at msnbc.com, later known as NBC News,then the most-popular news web site. I primarily wrote about television, and served as the interim TV editor for a period of time.

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For two years, I wrote television criticism for Student.com, an early online magazine that went away when the dot-com bubble burst. As TV critic for the magazine, I wrote weekly reviews of TV shows and highlighted upcoming shows. As a staff writer and summer intern, I wrote features and reported pieces about campus life.