Bolivia has the most orphans of any Central American country, and receive little government aid. With a twist of "el torno," their fates are forever changed, as they enter the walls of overcrowded orphanages. This article won first place in the 2012 Hearst Journalism Awards Program for enterprise reporting. http://cojmc.unl.edu/bolivia/turned_away.html
Teen ran out of miracles
Irvin barely made it to the United States alive. An illness that puzzled even his doctors left him in a coma. Seventeen months later, despite a father's plea to keep his son alive, the hospital made a difficult decision. Irvin was disconnected from life support on a Tuesday afternoon. This article won the Chips Achievement Prize for "outstanding feature writing." http://www.omaha.com/article/20110807/LIVEWELL01/708079908
From the pew to the pulpit
Nebraska Christian leaders were nearly all against an Arizona-style immigration bill -- LB48 -- when Sen. Charlie Janssen, of Fremont, proposed it on Jan. 6, 2011. But many congregation members disagreed. This article was published as part of an University of Nebraska-Lincoln immigration news service. http://cojmc.unl.edu/immigration/?p=689
Students face uncertain future after DREAM Act is rejected
After the DREAM Act failed at the end of 2010, young illegal immigrants across the country questioned their futures. Many vowed to keep the fight alive. I wrote this article at The New York Times Student Journalism Institute in Miami. http://miami11.nytimes-institute.com/2011/01/11/education/
The Fainting Goats of Nashville
Fainting goats are a growing trend in the meat industry. Farmers in Nashville are researching the goats' meat yield possibilities. Published during the Chips Quinn multimedia workshop.
Connected through isolation
Social media connects the world, but it can't replace physical social interactions, psychologists and students say. Published originally for a class, later on the Daily Nebraskan website.
Omaha girls rock camp final show
A new camp in Omaha taught young girls how to hone their inner rockstar. Published for the Omaha World-Herald.