Click here for “Poultry waste plant that has polluted in the past gets new approval in Robeson County,” Border Belt Independent, May 2022.
Chronological order, oldest to newest. The Vanishing Act (Food & Environment Reporting Network, August 2019) After years of burying complaints about hog-farm pollution, North Carolina officials began posting them online. What changed? (Also published in The Guardian and McClatchy North Carolina papers.) Raising a Stink (Food & Environment Reporting Network, December 2019) Rural North Carolinians sued the world’s largest hog producer over […]
Click here for “The Contested Swamps of Robeson County,” The Assembly, September 2021.
Click here for “Battle Hymns of the Old South,” The Baffler, March 2021.
Particularly since Minneapolis police killed George Floyd in May 2020, civil-rights activists in the county seat and former textile-mill town of Graham, N.C. have clashed with both neo-Confederates and law enforcement. He is my coverage for The Washington Post. Local stories July 29, 2020: Is Any Protest a Threat to Public Safety? Oct. 31, 2020: […]
Coverage for The Washington Post Local stories Oct. 31: N.C. police arrest at least 8, spray ‘pepper-based vapor’ to disperse voter turnout march that included kids Nov. 1: Peaceful march to the polls in North Carolina is met with police pepper spray and arrests With Isaac Stanley-Becker Nov. 3: N.C. law enforcement agencies sued for […]
Originally published in The Washington Post on Election Day 2020 MORRISVILLE, N.C. — In 2016, Ilene Ellis voted for Green Party candidate Jill Stein, whose emphasis on environmental protection she appreciated. She couldn’t muster enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton, who she assumed would win in a landslide. “I listened to the polls. It seemed to me […]
Originally published in The Washington Post on Election Day 2020 DURHAM, N.C. — Civil rights activists in North Carolina sued the leaders of two local law enforcement agencies late Monday, two days after officers broke up a peaceful march to the polls with dispersal orders, pepper spray and arrests. Two lawsuits, filed in U.S. District […]
Click here for “A Hierarchy of Needs,” Carolina Alumni Review, September-October 2020 issue. Opens as a PDF.
Yes, said this small North Carolina city. Originally published in The Washington Post. GRAHAM, N.C. — ON SATURDAY MORNING, AS 100 demonstrators stood in a small downtown plaza chanting racial justice slogans, Barrett Brown decided to raise the stakes. Brown, the president of the NAACP’s area branch, grabbed a cardboard poster and slipped across the […]