Some stories just demand to be read.
That’s the case with Eric’s cover story, “A kid in King Jay’s court: My life with the Latin Kings,” published in early 2015:
How could a white kid from Massachusetts at a small, private college in the South end up being so close to a Latino “gang leader” with teardrop tattoos on his face, a man now serving almost three decades in federal prison? It was a lot easier than I expected, actually, and if you’ll give me the time to explain, it’s actually a pretty good story.
It’s also true for other cover pieces he’s written, such as “Condemned: Greensboro struggles with housing code enforcement” and “Hungry for change: Ideas for tackling food insecurity.” If anything, Eric is the kind of person with too many ideas, but after more than six years working as a professional journalist, he’s figured out how to choose the best.
That’s how he ended up picking through Maya Angelou’s personal possessions before an estate sale opened up to the public, and also how he came up with the idea for “Eats of Eden: The Triad’s most unusual brunch options.”
Eric wrote dozens of cover stories for YES! Weekly between 2011 and 2014. Some, like “Under surveillance,” “Twin tragedies” and “Wage theft,” are investigative. Others have a more historical focus, including one about the decline of Greensboro’s textile industry and a profile of Andrew Dudek and the underground music scene he helped shape.
Above, a sample of three covers he wrote for YES! Weekly: a lighthearted profile of the Greensboro’s new mayor, a Triad beer guide and an extensive interview with civil rights activist Jesse Jackson about cutting his teeth in the movement as a college student.