Below is a selection of my favorite writing samples and projects
Ferguson’s Fault Lines: The Race Quake That Rocked A Nation, April 2016
As a co-author for this project, I wrote a 16-page chapter that analyzes bias in the news coverage of black men from several high-profile cases including Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin.
Here is a description from the publishers: The American Bar Association
"In almost every highly publicized case of police using deadly force and killing unarmed individuals, the person killed was an African American male. These incidents have caused dramatic erosion in public confidence in the justice system and America’s promise of equal treatment under the law. Minority communities need assurance that our justice system is fair and balanced and is for the protection of everyone. Solutions must be developed to sustain confidence in our judicial.
This book comes at a critical time in our nation. Change is necessary and begins at many levels, but it starts from within. Implicit bias is at the heart of our nation’s “School-to-Prison Pipeline.” First, we must recognize our own biases. We all have them. No one is exempt. The biggest challenge, however, is not to merely identify these biases. The struggle is to figure out what we do once we recognize them. For those working in the justice system, from police to prosecutors and judges, and yes, even public defenders, the consequences have broad, far-reaching, and sometimes even fatal consequences."
Read an excerpt of chapter 1 here
Changing Spaces: Tracing Gentrification in Washington, D.C.'s Ward 1
This story was completed in April 2016 as part of my master’s degree capstone project for the American University School of Communication. This project is the result of a semester-long effort to interview community stakeholders, gather and analyze data, attend community meetings, and collect graphics and photos. I sought to produce a report that explores the history, trends and nuances of gentrification in Washington, D.C.’s ward 1.