As a beat reporter on energy and environment, I learned nearly every government acronym in the business and pulled together deep and impactful stories on national political issues.
A year-and-a-half-long project I conceived, created and led along with a friend. On uncharted territory, we led the collaboration of 11 journalists to create a truly new media experience that allowed for reporters of all backgrounds and skills to tell stories in any medium. The award-winning project revealed how the recession forced Mid-Missourians to adapt.
For the American Response, I worked with a team to explore how stimulus dollars were being used in Mid-Missouri and how they affected average workers and their families. In a web podcast, I profiled Chad Canfield, a stimulus-funded weatherization worker and his employer to give listeners an opportunity to go beyond the politics and see how things worked on the ground.
As part of the American Response project, I dipped into the housing crisis and how foreclosure had affected so many in the heartland, though Mid-Missouri was more protected than the coasts. Greg Harmon, an area realtor and foreclosure expert, gave readers a sense of how foreclosure can become an emotion drain, but also that some people have benefitted from the recession.
Gina Ceylan is a blind geologist at the University of Missouri, where I went to school. I profiled Ceylan on the cover of Vox Magazine and gave a glimpse of her unique take on life and the struggles she's overcome.