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I wrote this piece for Carolina Public Press to examine the achievement gap between black and white students in two North Carolina school districts. The two also rank as having some of the worst racial achievement gaps in the nation. I contacted city and school officials to learn how the gap is still an issue and what solutions they are pursuing.
This was the first of a two-part story on the 50th anniversary of a lawsuit addressing segregation in Anson County, North Carolina. The lawsuit and a school boycott were led by Ada Ford, president of the Anson County NAACP.
This was the second article in a two-part story on the 50th anniversary of a lawsuit addressing segregation in Anson County, North Carolina. The lawsuit and a school boycott were led by Ada Ford, president of the Anson County NAACP. I interviewed Ada's son, the Rev. Charles Ford, about his memories of his mother's work and his experience growing up black in the South.
After a four-month old puppy allegedly bit an animal shelter employee, the pup was euthanized and its head was sent for rabies testing, causing public uproar. The tiny North Carolina county was flooded with complaints from protesters around the world while the local government stood by the decision.
I checked in with a food bank representative, shelter director, and a county emergency services director to see how a FEMA deadline extension would affect victims of Hurricane Florence.
I spoke with a co-owner of a family business after his family sold the business to a larger company. He talked about his feelings regarding the sale as well as his family's legacy in the company.