Journalism

Andrew Yang’s guinea pigs | In These Times | June 2019 Issue | Mini-profile of New Hampshire family that presidential candidate Andrew Yang is personally giving $1,000 per month in a Universal Basic Income experiment.

Old money, young guilt | In These Times | February 2019 Issue | An upsurgent non-profit organizes wealthy millennials to talk openly about their family money — and relinquish it.

The Grindr lawsuit that could change the internet | The Outline | 1/11/2019 | In a case that addresses basic tensions between the internet’s founding principles of free speech and the civic responsibilities of its businesses that have attained positions of outsized power, a law written in 1996 took center stage.

A night hunting ghosts at Joliet Prison | Chicago Magazine | 10/31/2018 | On the scene with paranormal investigators in a very spooky place.

The price of a conviction | Walla Walla Union-Bulletin | 10/21/2018 | Experts and activists say court-imposed debt can undermine the reintegration process for the tens of thousands of ex-convicts living in precarity around Washington. Thanks, in part, to the example of a local woman who sought and successfully received relief from her legal financial obligations in court, Walla Walla County is at the forefront of widespread efforts for reform.

The Hidden Message of Amazon’s $15 wage: ‘You don’t need a union’ | In These Times | 10/05/2018 | The tech industry has long regarded itself as exceptional in its treatment of workers. How does Amazon’s wage hike fit into this history?

Need seen, need (and tummies) filled at Starbuck restaurant | Walla Walla Union-Bulletin | 9/02/2018 | Profile of a retired woman who, along with her husband, opened up a restaurant in rural Washington State town with a population just over one hundred.

Generation Gap Bridged at Guitar Fest | Walla Walla Union-Bulletin | 5/11/2018 | Profile of an up-and-coming young blues musician who wows ‘Nam-generation audiences, quelling concerns that kids just don’t play the blues no more.

Hunger Strike at Washington State Penitentiary | Whitman Wire | 5/03/2018 | What does it actually mean for inmates to protest prison policy with a hunger strike?

Whitman in China | Walla Walla Union-Bulletin: Lifestyles Magazine | 5/01/2018 | Profile of Whitman College program that sends recent graduates to teach English in China. Reported from both Xi’an and Walla Walla, the piece explores the ambivalent, purgatorial nature of the expat life in China. It was published in Lifestyles, the Union-Bulletin’s monthly magazine.

Food issues run deep at Washington State Penitentiary | Walla Walla Union-Bulletin | 4/22/2018 | Investigative feature piece on the decline of food quality at the local penitentiary, and statewide. Decline maps gradual takeover of meal programs statewide by Correctional Industries, the controversial Department of Corrections business arm. Festering issue erupted when hundreds of inmates refused meals in protest earlier in the year.

The Future of Encounters | Whitman Wire | 3/08/2018 | Deep-dive investigation into the history and heated faculty debates surrounding the “signature program” at Whitman College. Mired in a generalized discontent, the program was seen as enacting fundamental questions as to the nature of tradition, community and the liberal arts.

Walla Walla Girls Code a Career | Walla Walla Union-Bulletin | 12/4/2017 | A local program looks to introduce young girls to the notoriously male-centric world of computer programming.

D.I.Y. Porn | Whitman Wire | 11/09/2017 | Profile from college of a fellow student who does sexual performances for money on online forums. This is a common gig-economy style hustle for college-aged women looking for cash. The work enacts important questions around the nature of feminism, consent and (often misleading) cultural depictions of sexual pleasure.

Queens of Walla Walla | Walla Walla Union-Bulletin | 10/08/2017 | Profile of local drag queen living in conservative agricultural region that is in the midst of cultural and economic transformation.

The Missionary Retires | Whitman Wire: Circuit Magazine | 5/12/2017 | After nearly a century of debate, Whitman College did away with its controversial mascot. This feature piece explores the meaning and implications of that break from the past.

Judge Who Blocked Trump’s Immigration Ban a Whitman Alum | Whitman Wire |  2/08/2017 | News profile of James Robart, the first federal judge to block President Trump’s initial immigration ban.

Postcard from Standing Rock | Mangoprism | 11/25/2016 | Personal account of the Dakota Access Pipelines protests at Standing Rock.

Takemoto Sensei: on Home | Whitman Wire: Circuit Magazine | 5/10/2016 | Profile of Whitman professor Ron Akira Takemoto, a Zen Master who here explores the nature of “home.”

Quiet in the Wallowas | Whitman Wire | 4/21/2016 | Account and tribute in reference to the tragic death the director of the Wallowa Avalanche Center, a young man who had led my own avalanche safety course earlier in the year.

Adventures With Godwin | Whitman Wire | 3/10/2016 | Profile of present Whitman physics student, one-time Chinese calligraphy champion.

Animal Minds | Whitman Wire | 2/25/2016 | Whitman professors researched animal brains to learn about humans. As the human-animal distinction blurs, so too does the ethical landscape.

Walla Walla Pub Crawl | Whitman Wire | 11/19/2015 | Account of drunken bender won 2015 Hosokawa Award for best feature story of the year.