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The Oldest Professional

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As the Northeast Neighborhood residents try to solve their prostitution problem, here’s one woman’s cautionary tale. Read full story

This story ran in Kansas City’s Pitch, a Village Voice Media-owned alt weekly, in Sept., 2009. I spent two months befriending and hearing the battle tales of one of the city’s most unrepentant prostitutes. Impossibly heartbreaking highlight: Seeing Darlene’s tough exterior shatter as she recounted being beaten, tied to a tree, and set on fire over an embankment on one of the city’s loneliest roads. This story won an honorable mention for profile writing from the Kansas City Press Club’s Heart of America Awards in 2010. The story caused a bit of a dust-up. Click here for the online version.


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Left Holding the (Plastic) Bag

 

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In theory, plastic bags can be recycled. The reality is a lot messier. Read full story

This story, which ran in the May/June 2009 issue of Mother Jones, was the product of my masters project at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. I booted up and slogged through New York City’s recycling center, and the Trex recycling facility in Virginia that combines old plastic with sawdust to create a durable material used in decking. The full piece received Columbia’s prestigious 2008 Weschler Award for Local Reporting.

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The Cheetah at Twilight

What do you do with the world’s fastest mammal when it is too old to run? Or with an ancient fox that walks in circles? If you are a zoo veterinarian, you have some difficult decisions to make. Read full story

This story ran in Tufts Magazine Winter ’09. It later received a bronze Circle of Excellence Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in its 2010 judging of The Best Articles of the Year: Higher Education. Comment from judges: “A finely crafted story on an important topic that receives little attention in other media.”

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