I enjoyed reading Diana Marcum's engaging New York Times-like long lede in her Los Angeles Times piece, Drought imperils a dream. In the seven short paragraphs of the lede, Marcum gradually answers the who, what, when, why, and how questions. The where will follow later in the nut graf.
She begins by telling her reader that Fred Jujan is called a gentleman farmer. Then she lets the reader know why in three arresting examples.
Marcus's piece is a beautiful illustration of yesterday's class discussion on lede and nut graf.