I think of myself as a bridge between the often marginalized lived experiences of people of color, working poor people, LGBTQ people & mainstream media. Have a story that no other reporter wants to tell? Have a missing or murdered loved one that isn't getting any press coverage? Is your campaign viewed as too radical or strange? Contact me.
Sage Smith is a black trans woman who went missing from Charlottesville, VA in 2012. Her case received transphobic or no media attention. Through meaningful connection to her family and community, I reported on her case for nearly four years. The article we created was published and viewed more than 100,000 times, reaching #2 on Longform's most popular articles of the week.
The MOVE organization is a back to nature intentional black community based in Philadelphia that was bombed by the PPD in 1985. Media coverage slander(ed) them as mentally ill and violent. We worked on a series of articles together to bring attention to their members being denied parole and correcting misconceptions about their history.
West Virginia as a state--and Appalachia as a region--experience some of the worst treatment by mainstream media, whether it is erasure, white washing, or exploitative parachute journalism that reinforces stereotypes. Whenever possible I seek out stories that challenge dominant media narratives about the region. I contribute a monthly column focused on solutions stories to Yes! Magazine.