CLIPS

Below you can find my favorite examples of my reporting and producing for web and radio for outlets including Fusion, KPCC (Southern California's NPR station), NPR, WLRN-Miami Herald News (South Florida's NPR station), WNYC, The Miami Herald, and more.

 
 

FEATURES

HOW STRICT ID LAWS MAY PREVENT TRANSGENDER VOTERS FROM CASTING BALLOTS THIS ELECTION (FUSION)

Stephanie Mott was 50 years old in 2008 when she entered a polling place at the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, KS, to cast her first ballot as Stephanie.

As she made her way to a table to get her ballot, a woman asked for Mott's last name, then her first name. 

“I said, ‘Steven.’ And she just looked at me and she goes, ‘Well, you’re not Steven,” outing Mott as transgender in front of the entire polling place and leaving her terrified.


Pacific Palisades neighbors fight homelessness with their pocketbooks (KPCC)

Glanda Sherman has a big assignment: get the estimated 190 homeless off the streets off a 23-square mile stretch of Los Angeles' most coveted real estate. 

Last year, a group of neighbors, frustrated with the area's growing homeless population and the city's lack of action, set up a GoFundMe page, raised $125,000, and brought in Sherman and a fellow outreach worker to try to take on the homeless problem themselves.

“The community as a whole, some of them compassionately want to help the homeless, and possibly some of them just don’t want to see the homeless here on the streets,” Sherman said. 


For Jukebox Salesman, Collecting Records Isn't Just A Job: It's A Hobby, Too (NPR)

Don Muller has so many jukeboxes in his house, he doesn't even know how many there are.

He walks through the add-on garage, porch, living room and foyer. So far, he's counted 62 jukeboxes, just in his own house — plus 40 in stock at his store, and plenty more in storage elsewhere.

"I've been telling people we have over a hundred," Muller says. "Now, I know it's even way more than that." 


How This Miami Food Truck Is Run By At-Risk Youths (WLRN-Miami Herald News)

The Vibe 305 food truck serves up sandwiches with unconventional names: gratitude, hope, and opportunity, for example.

It's staffed by young men, 12 to 19 years old. They are part of the Empowered Youth USA program in Miami. Many of them were referred to the Empowered Youth USA program in Miami by the Department of Juvenile Justice -- either by the state attorney's office or the public defender's office. Sometimes they are referred by caseworkers. They have committed crimes like shoplifting and selling drugs.

Alex Velasquez, 18, lives in Little Havana. He says when he was fourteen he found Empowered Youth online while looking for an alternative job to selling drugs.

"I could be making money on the side," he explains. "Real, legal money, and I could be in charge of it. So I stuck with the program. I was proud that she actually chose me. It helped me grow."


DAILIES AND NEWS BLOGS

Lady Liberty will be a woman of color on the country’s newest coiN (Fusion)

According to a statement from the U.S. Mint, the new commemorative coin is the first in a series that will also eventually feature images of Asian, Hispanic, and Native American citizens.

After the announcement, some commenters on the U.S. Mint’s official Facebook page criticized the design, calling the image of a black woman wearing a crown of stars “ugly” and criticizing it as “politically correct.”


Why these Native Americans are spending Thanksgiving marching and mourning, not celebrating (FUSION)

Cole’s Hill is a quiet park in Massachusetts which sits across the street from Plymouth Rock, the historic symbol of the Pilgrims and their founding of New England.

But today, it will be filled with hundreds of Native Americans—and rather than celebrate Thanksgiving, with its supposed backdrop of unity between white and Native people, they will gather there for a Day of Mourning.


Why some colleges are refusing to call themselves ‘sanctuary campuses’ (FUSION)

Some schools–including Rice University, Washington State University, and Princeton University, among others–have affirmed their commitment to undocumented students by taking steps like promising to support DACA or refusing to release private information, including immigration status, unless required to by law or subpoena, but have stopped short of officially declaring themselves sanctuaries, likely in an effort to protect themselves legally and financially.


FOR HOMELESS RECYCLERS, CENTER CLOSURES MEAN LOSS OF INCOME (KPCC)

Local recycling centers are disappearing in California, and that's hurting the small armies of people who make their living hunting through bins and scouring curbs for recyclables to turn in for cash. 

Heshimu Coleman, who lives in a tent down in Los Angeles, has had a hard time getting a good job. He’d been in and out of prison and institutions for over 20 years. Coleman would go to his local recycling center to turn in cans and bottles that he collected, and they would pay him on the spot. On an average day, he’d make about $60. On a good day, he’d make over $100.

But when his local recycling center closed, he had to go to a new one. It takes him five times as long to get there. That means less time spent collecting recyclables, and ultimately, less income.