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Pedestrians die every 90 minutes in the U.S., and low-income areas are hurt most

Los Angeles Times | Sept. 16, 2019

PHOENIX — Steadily rising over the past few years, pedestrian fatalities are the highest they’ve been since the 1970s and are projected to increase in 2019. We spoke with families and advocates who said street and vehicle design are to blame for this trend, while some officials have placed the blame on pedestrians themselves. I worked primarily on data for this story. Read More

Influx of Venezuelans sorely tests Peru’s economy and labor market

Cronkite News | May 13, 2019

LIMA, Peru — Federal authorities face the daunting task of assessing how Peru’s economy and labor market can absorb the more than 700,000 Venezuelans who have fled their country and resettled here in the past few years. Read More

Challenges to law could redefine Native American foster care, adoptions

3rd place, Arizona Press Club, Student News Reporting

Cronkite News | Dec. 12, 2018
PHOENIX — Challenges to the Indian Child Welfare Act from outlets such as the Goldwater Institute had adoptive families, foster care alumni, advocates and legal experts carefully eyeing the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. I served as lead writer on the story. Read more

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Accused of sexual harassment and violating federal law, two LPSS officials now on medical leave

The Current | June 5, 2018
LAFAYETTE, La. — The Current has confirmed that two top-ranking Lafayette Parish School System employees named in a federal lawsuit accusing them of sexual harassment and retaliation are on medical leave, according to school system email exchanges. I also wrote an explainer on the lawsuit’s implications on LPSS in light of its 2006 federally recognized desegregation. Read more

Tech experts discuss the future of blockchain and cryptocurrency

Downtown Devil | Sept. 10, 2018
PHOENIX — From big-name cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin to the system that powers them, EZ Crypto Training co-founder Adam Dekavallas said it’s time for people — especially Arizonans — to embrace the emerging technology. Read more

South Louisiana Floods — Multiple stories, 2016-2017

While freelancing for The Acadiana Advocate and The Independent (a now-defunct alt-monthly in Lafayette), I wrote multiple stories in the months following historic flooding in South Louisiana surrounding volunteer efforts and cleanup initiatives.

From The Advocate:

Volunteers from around U.S. aid in flood recovery in Lafayette in faith-based effort – June 4, 2017
Tupelo, Miss.-based group promises to help Lafayette flood victims with rebuilding – March 24, 2017
Volunteers flood Lafayette on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to help repair homes damaged by the August deluge, assist Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana – Jan. 16, 2017
Volunteers at flood-damaged Kaplan church distribute food, essentials to residents in need – Aug. 20, 2016

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Irish dance, music flourishing in the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun country

The Acadiana Advocate | Dec. 27, 2018
LAFAYETTE, La. — For one Sunset family, sharing their Irish heritage through music and traditional step dance is part of the family business. As one of only three certified Irish step dance instructors in Louisiana, Sheila Ryan-Davoren has been dancing since she was 4 — and nothing has stopped her. Read more

Ella Meaux, a fixture in the Lafayette community, is leaving her job at Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe

The Acadiana Advocate | April 23, 2017
LAFAYETTE, La. — After nearly 56 years at Borden’s Ice Cream Shoppe serving banana splits, nachos and ice cream, Ella Meaux is hanging up her cherry red apron to spend time with her great-grandchildren and to enjoy her garden. Read more

Michigan crawfish invasion? Louisiana experts come to the rescue, and to feast

The Acadiana Advocate | Aug. 16, 2017
LAFAYETTE, La. — As Michigan grapples with a never-before-seen invasion of red swamp “crayfish” threatening cities’ infrastructures and ecosystems, mudbug experts from Lafayette have organized a Cajun culture lesson delivered in the way only Louisianians know how — a party. Read more