I originally became a journalist to cover issues related to justice. Over my career, that’s meant writing about a wide array of subjects from housing to education, but I often find myself gravitating towards policing, labor, and racial equity. My food writing often overlaps with issues of justice, too.
I love digging up stories that would otherwise go unreported, either because nobody bothered to investigate them or because they’ve largely been lost to history. As a freelancer and a staffer, I’ve drilled into everything from the hidden deposition of a mayor in 2015 (for Triad City Beat) to Jewish gangsters beating up American Nazis before WWII (for Teen Vogue).
I uncovered a secretive “civil emergency unit” in the Greensboro Police Department that existed for a year without the knowledge of the city’s public safety committee. Here are some of the freelance justice pieces I’ve written:
North Carolina Teachers Protest Education Funding (Teen Vogue)
How April 1968 Changed America Forever (Teen Vogue)
DNC One Year Later: Big Brother’s Watching (Creative Loafing Charlotte)
The Jewish Teens Who Fought Back Against Hitler (Teen Vogue)
North Carolina Nurses Are Risking Their Lives, and They Want a Union (Cardinal & Pine)
In Labor Movement’s Achilles’ Heel, Black Municipal Workers Organize Greensboro (Scalawag magazine)
A City Says ‘No’ to More Police Officers (Route Fifty)
The Fight Against Amazon’s HQ2 (Mask Magazine)
A New Vision for White Oak Mill (Piedmont Left Review)
I’m skilled at writing stories that attract a lot of attention. As a staff writer at YES! Weekly, I wrote two of the three most-read news stories ever (as of my departure): my detailed look at a Republican primary race for Guilford County Commission and a piece on who really initiated the city’s controversial noise ordinance. And my 2018 piece about the Greensboro Massacre was one of Teen Vogue‘s top stories for the year.