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68Blocks: Life, Death, Hope

In audio, multimedia, print, video on January 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm

68 Blocks

I was part of a team of Boston Globe reporters, photographers, videographers, and data visualization specialists, who spent 2012 focused on the Bowdoin-Geneva section of Dorchester, a neighborhood often identified with the violence that erupts with disconcerting regularity and not with the people who live there. The Globe rented an apartment in the neighborhood, where reporter Meghan E. Irons and myself, lived from May to September. The result was 68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope, a beautiful, interactive tableau chronicling life during one of the neighborhood’s most turbulent seasons, the summer.

Role: Reporter, writer, researcher, videographer

Awards: Journalistic innovation first-place win from the National Headliner Awards; Unity Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association; Honorable Mention multimedia, 2013 competition for Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism; NABJ Salute to Excellence Finalist; 2013 Dart Award Finalist.

Postscript: I have returned to Bowdoin-Geneva several times since the series published, witnessing the rebirth of a blighted lot, a mother’s worst fear realized, and a young man who defeated the odds.


In video on March 26, 2011 at 2:45 am

Gifted tells Sky Choi’s story. The 12-year-old college student is enrolled at Florida International University, where he takes Calculus II, Intermediate Chinese Conversation, Physics with Calculus I, Physics Problem Solving, Physics seminar and Physics laboratory.

Role: videographer and video editor

Hip Hop Voices

In print on September 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

Hip-Hop Voices is an award-winning project that was the product of a fellowship from the Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism at the University of Southern California. It documents how several South Florida rap artists explore racism and poverty in their work.

Role: writer and researcher/reporter

Awards: 2007 Florida Society of Newspaper Editors Special Section winner.