News Writing

This is a sampling of my writing published to web or in magazines. This selection showcases my ability to write hard news, breaking news, feature and in-depth.

NEWS

Metro Derailment Investigation
Following the early-morning derailment of a train the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
New Metro GM
Paul Wiedefeld, the new general manager and CEO of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is officially introduced to the public.
Metro Security Post Paris
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority responds to terror threats made against the region following the attacks in Paris.
Police Chiefs Violent Crime
A spike in violent crime in the summer of 2015 was the focus of conversation among police chiefs from around the country during a meeting in Washington.
Crossfit Rules
Gym operators in D.C. respond to proposed legislation that would require trainers be licensed.
Stadium Armory Repairs
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announces that service through Stadium-Armory could return to normal faster than anticipated after a substation fire.
John Oliver and Statehood
Comedian John Oliver makes the case for D.C. Statehood and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton uses the momentum to push for a 51st star.

IN-DEPTH

Stopping Recidivism
A rise in violent crime in 2015 has policy makers looking at strategies to ease the transition from inmate life to society. In the D.C. jail they are trying a new program designed to better prep inmates.
Department of Forensic Sciences
An in-depth behind the scenes look at the Washington, D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences as the agency attempts to recover from controversy over faulty DNA testing.
Potomac River Rescue
Every summer the Potomac River entices people for a swim, but too often a quick dip turns into tragedy. I spent a day out on the river with the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Squad to what makes the river so deadly.
Union Station Redevelopment
There are big plans to remodel Union Station, but these changes mean a major transformation for adjacent neighborhoods. This is an in-depth look at the future of D.C.’s front door.
Metro Bike Theft
A rise in bike theft from Metro train stations prompts transit police to set up sting operations. I spend a day with one of the special units charged with catching bike thieves.
16th Street Crowded
The 16th Street corridor is the busiest bus transit way in the District and community advocates are lobbying for more service. This is an in-depth look at possible fixes to this congested street.

FEATURE

Graffiti Class
For many, graffiti is a blight. But, one Brookland man is teaching a class in the street art form with the aim of changing perceptions.
Synth Series
A pop-up art installation brings color to an abandoned building in Northeast D.C.

CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS

Digital Billboards
Campaigns are testing digital billboards to increase visibility with clearer, more responsive displays.
Building Cohesive All-Media Strategy
The modern political campaign strategy can no longer silo messaging by medium. The blurring of digital media is causing campaigns to plan more strategically.
Gamification of Politics
Identifying and engaging voters is a core component of any campaign. Borrowing a model from the tech world, campaigns are gamifying their volunteer bases.

Continuing Coverage: 2015 Papal Visit

Pope-themed Businesses.
Tens of thousands are expected to flock into the District as Pope Francis starts is visit to the United States and businesses are looking to cash in on the crowds.
Fasting for Climate Change
A group of activists fast ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to call attention to climate change.
Hope for the Homeless
The visit of Pope Francis will put a spotlight on the problem of homelessness as the pontiff plans a stop at Catholic Charities.
Criminal Justice Reform
Criminal justice reform advocates are hoping that the visit of Pope Francis will spark new debate about incarceration policy in the United States.

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