The photo you see above is from a series I’ve been working on about hit-and-runs in San Diego:
- The Year of the Deadly Hit-and-Run
- Where San Diego’s Hit-and-Runs Happen
- One Piece Missing From the Hit-and-Run Puzzle: Prevention
- If You Hit Someone With a Car and Drive Away, You’re Probably Not Getting Punished.
The Things That Carry Us. I wrote a story about being convicted of a felony, spending a year in jail, and (slowly) becoming an investigative reporter. Here’s one paragraph that gets at the meat of why I wanted to explore this:
“It felt like a terrible irony. Journalism had offered me a voice, and with it, the thread to sew my life back together. But once I started to recover, I couldn’t write about the one topic I understood down to my bones.” May, 2014.
Near the Border, a Few Deputies Are Outnumbered by Drugs and Bodies. At a remote desert outpost two hours from Tucson, sheriff’s deputies deal with a grinding daily routine amid the harsh desperation of drug-smuggling and illegal border crossings. June 9, 2013.
When Lies Lead to Wrongful Convictions. “Snitches” are seen by many criminal justice experts as a weak link in the justice system — and as a leading source of wrongful convictions. This piece examines the problem through the story of Sammy Hadaway. Nov. 2013
Lost Signals, Disconnected Lives. Offenders and their advocates say that GPS breakdowns waste taxpayers’ money with unnecessary police work and lockups, and hamper offenders’ efforts to restore relationships with their families and retain jobs. The DOC said the system is reliable, but released few details to back that up. March 24, 2013.
Story impact: Lawmakers ask tough questions about state’s GPS tracking system. Ten days after the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism released a report on problems with the state’s GPS offender monitoring system, corrections committee chair — Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay — called a legislative hearing on the subject. April 4, 2013
Finally, as reported by the Wisconsin State Journal, the Legislature’s budget committee voted to scale back a planned expansion of the state’s GPS monitoring program, citing reliability concerns raised in the story.
Would young people stay in rural area for mining jobs? In Iron County, which lost one of every seven residents from 2000 to 2010, residents say a controversial taconite mine may be the only way to reverse devastating population loss. Oct. 7, 2012.
A young mayor strives to rebuild jobs lost in paper mills. In Wood County, where almost half of the paper industry jobs disappeared during the past decade, local leaders are using a regional approach to boost existing industries. Oct. 8, 2012.
Hispanic immigrants help rural county stave off population dip. Dairy farmer Jeremy Meissner and farm manager Huron Mireles are part of the reason Clark County’s population is growing while nearby counties’ levels are declining. Oct. 9, 2012.