Brian Patrick Byrne

Videographer and Journalist

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Brian is a highly prolific journalist, and has reported from three continents in the past five years. He has written about everything from politics to porn, and is not afraid to tackle any issue.

Bloated But Loaded: Is A Competitive Eating Career Worth Stomaching?

Bloated But Loaded: Is A Competitive Eating Career Worth Stomaching?

Vocativ speaks to the world's top competitive eaters ahead of Nathan's Famous Fourth Of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Saturday.

Rejoice, Snobs: The Book IS Better Than The Movie

Rejoice, Snobs: The Book IS Better Than The Movie

Vocativ analyzed Goodreads and IMDb ratings for 800 books and their movie adaptations ranging from "Harry Potter" to "Hannibal" and discovered that the book had a higher rating 74 percent of the time.

Hillary Clinton's Campaign Runs On Pizza

Hillary Clinton's Campaign Runs On Pizza

According to filings from Q3, Team Hillary spent more than $6,000 on fast food in the months of July, August and September in 21 identifiable chow sessions.

The Drudge Report Report: How Drudge Influenced 2015

The Drudge Report Report: How Drudge Influenced 2015

To better understand and document the continuing and significant influence of The Drudge Report and its founder, Matt Drudge, Vocativ analyzed a public archive of the site maintained independently by a third party and sifted through all of the 28,499 unique links featured on the site in 2015.

Bug Chasing Online: Where Men Still Seek Out HIV

Bug Chasing Online: Where Men Still Seek Out HIV

"Bug chasing guys get my attraction," writes a Twitter user with the handle Arab Poz Guy, "because they crave what I have." What he has is HIV.

Hillary Clinton Spent $10 Million Trying To Recreate Obama's Success

Hillary Clinton Spent $10 Million Trying To Recreate Obama's Success

Vocativ's review of campaign filings related to all companies that Obama disbursed campaign money to during 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012 reveals Clinton spent nearly $10 million on the same companies between July and September. That's almost 40 percent of her overall spend that quarter.

Numbers Don't Lie: People Prefer Their Porn Without Condoms

Numbers Don't Lie: People Prefer Their Porn Without Condoms

In order to take a hard look at the popularity of condoms in online porn, Vocativ binge-watched a considerable volume of adult entertainment from the vast perv servers of Pornhub.com.

Canadian Hackers Target Trump.com With Message To Jon Stewart

Canadian Hackers Target Trump.com With Message To Jon Stewart

Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen told Vocativ that he had not been aware of the attack. Presented with a link to the defaced page, Cohen was dismissive of its significance, and somewhat surprised that hackers had managed to breach the Trump.com defenses.

Donald Trump's Insults Are Dumb, Dopey And Just Plain Bad

Donald Trump's Insults Are Dumb, Dopey And Just Plain Bad

Vocativ analyzed more than 3,500 tweets posted by Trump since he announced his candidacy on June 16, and learned not only which insults he likes to throw the most, but which words he's most likely to use depending on who gets under his combover.

How Hard Is It To Escape From U.S. Prison?

How Hard Is It To Escape From U.S. Prison?

Vocativ analyzed 36 years of data provided by the federal government to learn more about who escapes, and disappears from, the US correctional system.

Irish nanny granted bail but must remain under house arrest

Irish nanny granted bail but must remain under house arrest

The nanny's lawyer said nine medical experts from around the world had provided reports which showed that the baby was not in fact murdered, and that the toddler had suffered injuries to her spine and leg at a time when she was not under the nanny's care.

'We have absolutely no understanding how this could have happened'

'We have absolutely no understanding how this could have happened'

The uncle of tragic toddler Hassan Khan said the family are "floored" and have "absolutely no understanding how this could have happened". Gary Waters is the brother of Hassan's mother Hazel Waters (43), who was arrested in connection with the boy's death.

Trusted by the stars... Dublin documentary maker Shauna Keogh

Trusted by the stars... Dublin documentary maker Shauna Keogh

Most people would find the idea of getting personal correspondence from a serial killer pretty hair-raising. But Dubliner Shauna Keogh says that when she received a letter from 'Craigslist killer' Brogan Rafferty, it simply meant she was doing her job right.

'It feels a bit like home,' Sarah Jessica Parker and family to visit Donegal again this summer

'It feels a bit like home,' Sarah Jessica Parker and family to visit Donegal again this summer

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Sarah Jessica Parker said: "It always feels like it's a place that is perhaps foolishly more private to us...

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