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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.

Getting In

In multimedia on August 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Getting In is a long-term, on-going project examining the dizzying process of getting into a Boston Public School. This multimedia project documents 13 families experience as they visit, register and then wait to find out if their 4-year-olds will be assigned one of the limited spots in a prekindergarten class.

Role: content producer, researcher, writer

Award: Honorable Mention, 2012 competition for Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism


Grand Ave News

In multimedia on August 24, 2010 at 10:08 am

Grand Ave News is a hyper-local news website started in 2009 to inform people about what’s going on in and around the West Grove, which holds some of the richest history of Miami’s earliest African-American and Bahamian settlers. As one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods, it’s evolved through segregation, the Civil Rights Movement, urban decay and sprawling development. Grand Ave News is named after Grand Avenue, the West Grove’s main thoroughfare.

Role: assistant news director (founding)
Recognition: J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism grant recipient

Celebrating the Wampanoag

In video on May 26, 2010 at 1:44 pm