Here are some samples of my other work.
Memphis False Confession. The Commercial Appeal and USA TODAY. August 11, 2021. Why would anyone confess to a crime they did not commit? New details from a Memphis homicide case shed new light on what really happened during a shooting years ago on a Memphis parking lot, and raise questions about local police interrogation tactics. Click to read.
Mom fights to bring son from India. The Commercial Appeal. Jan. 29, 2017. This is a short feature story on a bitter child custody fight involving two immigrants from India who live in Tennessee. Click to read.
Getting it right: A journalist writes about the children of Mexican immigrants. Publishers Weekly. Jan. 2, 2017. This first-person article offers a behind-the-scenes look at the experience of writing about children of Mexican immigrants. Click to read
What is often called ‘illegal immigration’ isn’t really treated as illegal. Public Radio International. December 20, 2016. This explanatory article for PRI’s Global Nation project describes why the federal government often chooses not to enforce immigration law. Click to read.
Hope and fear in Berclair. The Commercial Appeal. Nov. 18, 2016. A man has come to cut off Dianne Austin’s electricity for nonpayment. Mrs. Austin is white, and she sees Donald Trump’s election as a source of hope. But her vote for Trump might lead to deportations of her neighbors in this ethnically mixed neighborhood. A Mexican-American woman just down the street fears for the future. Click to read.
Why cheerleading costs $4,000 per year – and what it says about our society. The Commercial Appeal. June 27, 2016. Some suburban parents are willing to spend roughly $4,000 per year so their daughters can take part in competitive cheerleading. This article tells the story of a high-powered cheerleading program at one high school and what it says about inequality in America today. Click to read.
Shooting victim recalls loud noise, blood, fear. The Commercial Appeal. June 6, 2016. On deadline, I found the phone number of a young man who had been the victim of a random shooting and did a quick interview with him. It’s a compelling read and good thing I reached him when I did. A few hours later, detectives told him to stop talking with the media. Click to read.
Indian house hunters. The Commercial Appeal. March 5, 2016. In a fast-growing Memphis suburb, a married couple from India searches for their dream home. Can a real estate agent from Pakistan help them find it? Click to read.
The batterers’ class. The Commercial Appeal. April 26, 2015. Domestic violence is a widespread and dangerous crime, and courts sometimes turn to “batterers’ classes” to change male thinking. This feature story takes readers inside one such class – and describes how for one man at least, the lessons in kindness might not be sinking in. Click to read.
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