On January 26th 2001 Benjamin Hermansen (15) was stabbed to death by neo-nazis outside of his home in Holmlia, Oslo. The murder was a significant turning point in the nation's fight against racism, as it created nationwide protests.
In the forest of Elverum grows the world's most expensive mushroom. The Matsutake, treasured by the Japanese since ancient times, requires very special terrain to thrive. The best specimens can cost several thousand dollars per kilo. After seeking them for years, I find two Matsutakes in the forest a few hours north of Oslo.
Published in A-magasinet in September 2017. Photos by Maud Lervik Grøttland. Read in Norwegian here.
In 1988 nine year old Therese Johannessen disappears without trace from the suburb Fjell in Drammen. What happened to her?
The second season of the award winning true crime podcast Unsolved (Uløst), made together with Tor-Erling Thømt Ruud, Kristine Hellesland, Cathinka Rondan, Anniken Wathne and Nikoline Mevassvik Haugen for VG/Rubicon. Published March - April of 2017. Listen here.
Vietnam veteran Steven Neichin lives alone in the Norwegian woods, contemplating his experiences of love and death during the war. Produced for NRK Radiodokumentaren, with an English version for the podcast Love + Radio in 2016. Art by Moaz Elemam. Listen here.
For the last few years a mountain called The Man has threatened to fall down. What is he waiting for? Produced for BBC Radio/Falling Tree Productions in 2016. Listen here.
Drugs, dynamite and a sawed off shotgun onboard the boat Toftøy. One man gets shot in the leg. But who fired? True crime podcast and feature story for Aftenposten. Produced in 2016, and was later awarded best podcast of the year at Prix Radio. Illustrations by Anders N. Kvammen.
Retired opera singer Freddy Bagron returns to the stage for one last concert for his dying wife Turid. But in Freddy's mind, Turid is not sick. Produced for NRK Radiodokumentaren in 2016. Listen here.
Investigation of the murder of Birgitte Tengs. True crime podcast produced for VG/Rubicon together with Tor-Erling Thømt Ruud, Kristine Hellesland and Cathinka Rondan in the winter of 2015. Was awarded best podcast of the year at Norwegian Prix Radio. Listen here.
Everybody believed legendary skateboard talent Øyvind Nissen would make it into the pros. But when the chance arrived, Øyvind was gone. Written for D2 in 2015. Read in Norwegian here.
Retired policeman Johnny Brenna hits rock bottom. His way out goes via the shortest sprint distance available - the 60 meter dash. Documentary book for Cappelen Damm, written in winter 2015. Buy here.
Prior to the 2015 World Championship in Nordic Skiing in Falun, Sweden, the city has spent several hundred million kroner on the new ski jumping hills. But in a country without ski jumpers, who will use them? Radio documentary for Swedish national broadcaster SR's P1-dokumentär. Listen here.
When Siri Grundnes Brodahl grew up, her autistic sister Silje pulled her hair at every chance. What do we do when one sibling needs protection from the other? Published in A-magasinet, february 2017. Read in Norwegian here.
Ola Schrøder Røyset wants to have sex. He cannot do it himself. Should we help him? Feature story for A-magasinet, written in the summer of 2015. Read in Norwegian here.
Harald Brobakken (86) is determined he has invented an everlasting battery. When a scientist finally agrees to examine his device, the whole familiy hopes for a scientific breakthrough. Produced for NRK Radiodokumentaren in 2014. Won the jury's special commendation at the 2014 Prix Europa. Listen to subtitled version through Radio Atlas here.
To become the best in world at their sports, the talents need to start practicing early. But how early? Feature article for D2 magazine, written in the summer of 2012. Read here.