Immigration

"Immigrants Have Varying Views on the Path to Citizenship" City Limits, New York, N.Y. | Feb. 24, 2016

You wouldn't know it from listening to the discussion of immigration policy on the presidential campaign trail, but for immigrants with permanent residency, getting citizenship is not easy, not cheap and not a no-brainer.

"Uninsured" | Columbia Journalism School | October 2015

A look at the health care options available to undocumented immigrants living in NYC, and the challenges with setting policy.

"From one end of the 7 line to the other, two worlds of immigration" | Columbia Journalism School | October 2015

A portrait of immigration in NYC on a Sunday morning.

Editorial Writing

"The Way Men Talk About Trump" | MTV News | Oct. 14, 2016

To have an effective conversation about sexual assault, men must be honest about how they contribute to rape culture.

"India Through a Lens" | The Pilot, N.C. | July 18, 2010

A personal account of traveling to rural India and researching health care issues.

Business Reporting

"Mantra of Betterment" The Pendulum, N.C. | Oct. 6, 2010 [link is to a PDF, as the paper's archives are unavailable online.]

A comprehensive look at Elon University's rapid development in the twenty-first century, growing from a small college to a major university within 10 years.

Profiles/Features

"Kenny Freeman: musician, mechanic" | The Pilot, N.C. | July 16, 2010 [publication link here]

An interview with a local musician who recorded country music out of his converted U-Haul/studio.

"Student and Teacher: Jordanian Man Gains Education, Friendship in the Sandhills" | The Pilot, N.C. | Aug. 29, 2010

A story of a local man who befriends an immigrant car mechanic in small-town North Carolina, then helps him learn English and earn his GED.

Hard News

"Elon residents oppose new softball field" The Greensboro News & Record, N.C. | Aug. 29, 2010

While serving as news editor at The Pendulum, I wrote weekly summaries of local town meetings for the Greensboro News & Record. This meeting was a particularly feisty one. SPOILER: the softball field was built, because the Town of Elon ignored its residents the following week and voted against their wishes in favor of the university.

 

Past Reporting Experience

Between 2009 and 2012, I wrote for multiple newspapers -- all of which have now either added paywalls or changed systems and lost their archives, which limits the samples I can include above. I wrote for Elon University's student newspaper, The Pendulum, for two years, logging more than 100 stories in that time. I wrote for The Pilot in Southern Pines, N.C. and The Times Record in Brunswick, Maine. I contributed regularly for a full year to The Greensboro News & Record, and ran the news program at WSOE, the Elon University radio station.

During that time I covered a Navy base closure, a lawsuit regarding excessive Tazing by police in North Carolina, an environmental movement to stem the spreading of sewage sludge, the disappearance and rescue operations for a professor's daughter, an animal shelter on the verge of being shut down by the state for numerous violations, the economic woes facing golf courses during the financial crisis in 2010. I also covered light-hearted things, like a Whoopie Pie-making contest in Maine (links to the restaurant, as the newspaper has a paywall).