Daniel Hirsch

Daniel Hirsch

Journalist, copywriter, go-getter

When not a dramatic writing MFA candidate at Carnegie Mellon University, I'm an essayist and news-reporter. I've covered local real estate controversies, online dating, LGBT history, and more.

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One Fire in a Real Estate Empire Rife with Issues

A long form, investigative piece following a fire that displaced 65 people and killed one.

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I Was a Gay Extra on HBO’s New Gay Show Looking

Long form personal essay about being an extra on HBO's "Looking." Explores issues of sexuality, media representation, and gay bars.

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Confessions of a TaskRabbit Butler

A personal essay about the trials and travails about being a 21st century butler.

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On Being an OkCupid Ghostwriter

Humorous personal essay detailing my experience as a personal ghostwriter for a strangers online dating persona.

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Five Months After Nieto Killing, New Witnesses |

Longform news feature exploring the slow-going investigation after an officer-involve shooting in San Francisco.

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Affordable Housing Construction in Limbo

In depth analysis of the political and economic hurdles delaying the construction of affordable housing in San Francisco's Mission District.

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R-Rated and Ephemeral: Spinning LGBT History

Longform feature about efforts (and opposition) to commemorate sites of historic significance to LGBT community.

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Enter the Void: New Buildings, Vacant Storefronts

Part 1 of a series exploring vacant storefronts in one San Francisco's poshest shopping districts.

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Where New Tech Arrives, Old Tech Once Roared

Long form historical piece about a beloved printing press in San Francisco's Mission District.

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The Lexington Club, Panel by Panel

A short profile on comic book artist documenting the last lesbian bar in San Francisco's final days.

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Open Letter from SF to Arizona: Stop the Crazy

Humor piece about Arizona's "turn away the gay" laws.

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Listen Local: Lauren Smiley on Mission Street

Short podcast segment featuring local author exploring the development of an iconic stretch of San Francisco.

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The 10 People You'll Meet at Pride - The Bold Italic - San Francisco

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The Next Experimental Performance to Sell Out ASAP

Dark clouds gathered over theater company We Players 2013 production of Shakespeare's Macbeth — and that was perfect. The company specializes in “site-integrated” performances in…...


"Another Hole in the Head" - HowAboutWe

Marketing copy for cult film festival experience.