Selected stories from The Robesonian, where I was the features editor from October 2013 until leaving for my current position in June 2016, and The Pilot, where I now work as a reporter covering crime and public safety. Some of these articles were redesigned to improve readability and have been edited slightly from their original newspaper form.
Coverage of a campaign rally held by Donald J. Trump in Fayetteville, N.C. Originally published April 14, 2016 on the front page of several newspapers based in southeastern North Carolina, including The Robesonian, The Sampson Independent, The Richmond Daily Journal and The Laurinburg Exchange.
Part of my ongoing coverage of Woodlake, a large gated subdivision that was left without its signature lake in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. State officials ordered the draining of the lake because of concerns about the stability of its dam, which had dangerously deteriorated after years of neglect. The company that owns the lake and dam was later sued by the state for repeatedly failing to follow through on promises to make repairs. The company was then sued by the homeowners whose property values plummeted after the lake was drained. The Pilot won a Community Service award from the North Carolina Press Association in 2018 for its articles and editorials about Woodlake. I accepted the award alongside the newspaper’s editor and managing editor during a banquet held by the association.
Enterprise article about a dormant homicide case involving the only person from Moore County on North Carolina’s list of most-wanted fugitives. Originally published in The Pilot on Dec. 22, 2016 — the 17th anniversary of the slaying. Link: http://bit.ly/2vCOAcg
Profile of a professional Hank Williams impersonator. This article, originally published in The Robesonian, won an award for Arts and Entertainment Reporting from the North Carolina Press Association in 2015.