Please click here to be directed to “In North Carolina, pandemic prompts farmer cooperation,” Food and Environment Reporting Network, March 2020.
Please click here to be directed to the PDF of “The Quest for an AIDS Vaccine,” Duke Magazine, Winter 2019-2020 issue.
Please click here to be directed to the PDF of “The Healer,” Carolina Alumni Review, September/October 2019.
A Duke University clinic helps transgender youth transition to new identities. Originally published in Duke Magazine. Photos by Alex Boerner. ATOM EDWARDS IS A HIGH-SCHOOL JUNIOR who carries himself with a confidence that not all his peers possess. The youngest of four siblings, he has a lanky frame and a hi-top fade that lightens at […]
Dr. Donald Hopkins helped wipe smallpox from the planet. He won’t rest until he’s done the same for Guinea worm disease. Originally published in Atlanta Magazine. AT AN OPEN-AIR HOSPITAL IN NORTHERN Ghana, Donald Hopkins watched a small girl endure a medical ordeal unseen in the United States. It was 2007, and four-year-old Rafia Fusseini […]
With police violence in the news, and public scrutiny on the rise, cities turn to mindfulness to help officers deal with the stress of the job. Originally published in Mindful. “YOU GUYS READY FOR A TECHNIQUE?” the trainer asks. “Everybody, sit up straight. Uncross your legs. Just look straight ahead.” Eric White gathers his 6-foot-8 […]
A year ago, a massive algal bloom shut down drinking water for 500,000 Midwesterners. It will happen again if we don’t take action. Originally published in onEarth. BRENDA SNYDER WASN’T SUPPOSED TO BE to be at work on August 1, 2014. The chief chemist at the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant in Toledo, Ohio, was taking […]
Originally published in The American Prospect. NEXT MONTH IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, physician Charlie van der Horst is scheduled to appear before a Superior Court judge and jury to appeal his second-degree trespassing conviction stemming from his participation in the Moral Monday protests that filled the state legislature building last year. Van der Horst, an […]
During 2014, I reported on North Carolina’s Moral Monday movement, a faith-based organizing effort that is becoming a national model. The movement is spearheaded by the state NAACP with broad support from churches and issue-based organizations, including women’s, immigrant, environmental, LGBT, and labor groups. Most of the articles were published online by The American Prospect, illustrated by […]
Suffering from advanced-stage ovarian cancer, Sue Otterbourg declined aggressive treatment to spend her last months living fully. Why can’t more people do the same? Originally published in Indy Week. THE FIRST TIME I MET SUE OTTERBOURG, she greeted me at her front door in Durham’s Forest Hills neighborhood dressed as anyone would for a business meeting: […]