How we talk about bullying after school shootings can be dangerous: experts (Newsweek. February 2018)
Spoke with psychologists and school shooting experts — including “Columbine” author Dave Cullen — about how jumping to assumptions of bullying after a tragedy not only risks deepening stigma, but can also simplify the situation’s complexity.
Editors nominated the piece for a Golden Fedora, a weekly award presented each week to the best piece of newsroom journalism.
Betsy DeVos’ first year: education experts grade Trump pick on her promises (Newsweek. February 2018)
Drawing from interviews with education experts, I analyzed whether DeVos delivered on her key agenda points during her first year as education secretary.
Their living legacy (Newsday. December 2017)
Feature on Long Island’s deeply rooted Indian history and culture — and how that history and culture is still living today. Story spanned five pages in Newsday’s Sunday print edition.
Bellmore graffiti artist Lenny Achan draws on medical field talents, too (Newsday. October 2017)
Profiled a Long Island graffiti artist turned healthcare executive and entrepreneur. Cover story spanned six pages in Newsday’s Sunday print edition.
“I can never escape” (The Diamondback. May 2017)
Part IV of a four month-long, seven-part series. Interviewed about 30 sources for the project, which detailed the ways sexual assault survivors suffer lingering trauma on the University of Maryland campus. Also collaborated with survivors and The Diamondback’s photo editor on corresponding photo gallery (embedded in story).
“Moving and beautiful”: UMD students join 500,000 for Women’s March on Washington (The Diamondback. January 2017)
Highlighted students’ experiences participating in the historic march — plus those of a few others I met along the way. Compiled a photo gallery as well.
Preventing student suicide after the loss of a son (Hartford Courant. September 2016)
Profiled an activist for college suicide prevention as part of the Hartford Courant’s monthly Hometown Heroes series.
Enfield Square Mall trying to stay afloat (Hartford Courant. August 2016)
Took a close-up of a local deteriorating mall. Reporting entailed retrieving property and foreclosure documents from the clerk’s office and self-counting the mall’s empty storefronts after management cut off communication.
Story ranked in the top five for reader interest on the Hartford Courant’s website for August 2016. Self-made video and infographic viewable here.
The waiting game (The Diamondback. November 2015)
Investigated the University of Maryland’s understaffed and underfunded mental health services — and how the backlog is impacting students.
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Long Island’s primary news source.
Paralyzed Farmingville woman gets free pool renovation (August 2017)
Gathering remembers those lost in TWA Flight 800 tragedy (video here) (July 2017)
Filed article one hour after event’s end.
Rail project moving ahead without LI Sound crossing, feds say (July 2017)
Digested a 71-page government document and pulled from various sources, including the MTA’s website and prior Newsday reporting, to write the story.
Babylon Village home of Revolutionary War soldier demolished (July 2017)
Submitted four-graf snippet for immediate publishing online before fleshing out the story. Captured video of various stages of home’s demolition, including collapse.
Lynbrook cop returns to see baby boy he helped deliver (video here) (June 2017)
HARTFORD COURANT / www.courant.com
Connecticut’s largest news organization.
After 10 years, Enfield moving forward with $2.8 million River Access Project (August 2016)
Editor was so impressed with complementary video that he showed it to other newsroom heads, including the Courant’s publisher. Can view at top of article on website.
Enfield abandoned site gets $550,000 for makeover (with video, infographic) (July 2016)
THE DIAMONDBACK/ www.dbknews.com
The University of Maryland’s independent student newspaper.
Byrd Stadium will change its name to Maryland Stadium (December 2015)
Covered the vote as breaking news and crafted longer article later in the day.
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Advice for college freshmen (September 2015)
CNN’s Snapchat account featured my opinion piece at the start of the 2015-16 school year.
Are millennials racist? (Opinion) (August 2015)