A 14-year-old went on vacation and was taken as a slave. Her own mother went to jail for it. An inside look at sex trafficking in the Dominican Republic and how to end it. Originally published by International Justice Mission, September 2016.
A young girl’s year of trauma culminated in a violent attack in broad daylight. Her family wanted justice. Originally published by International Justice Mission, April 2016
One of many blog posts I authored for TEAM, a global missions agency. The subject is close to my heart and was a joy to write as an official position statement.
This series was part of a new blog strategy I pioneered at the missions agency TEAM to explore new ideas in overseas service.
Graffiti artists in South Australia are bringing hope to an underground scene dominated by rebellion and anger. Originally published by TEAM, Horizons magazine, August 2013.
If activism and church-based development could transform one Mexico City slum, could it transform others? Originally published by Latin America Mission, Juntos Magazine, November 2012.
I helped Latin America Mission redevelop its historic magazine, The Evangelist, into a publication that better reflected the ministry’s field-led leadership model and passion for Central and South America.
In post-earthquake Haiti, the church offers comfort and hope for new beginnings. Originally published by Northwest Haiti Christian Mission, May 10, 2010.
They lost everything. Now thousands of internally displaced Haitians have come to the Northwest in search of new beginnings. Originally published by Northwest Haiti Christian Mission, April 2010.
First of three-part series originally published in the Lexington Herald-Leader, December 14, 2008.
Second of three-part series originally published in the Lexington Herald-Leader, December 15, 2008.
Last of three-part series originally published in the Lexington Herald-Leader, December 16, 2008.
What it takes to save lives and cut risks in Kentucky coal mines. Cover story originally published November 2006 in The Lane Report, a Kentucky business magazine.
Women are on the rise in agriculture – and they could play a big part in the future of Kentucky’s rural economy. Originally published October 2006 in The Lane Report, a Kentucky business magazine.
The nation’s largest organization devoted to creationism wants to make Northern Kentucky a tourist destination. Originally published in The Lane Report, May 2006.
Kentucky was a relative newcomer to the phenomenon of Hispanic immigration. This story, originally published in 2004 in The Lane Report, a Kentucky business magazine, was one of the first in the state to take a sweeping look at the trend from a business perspective. It earned a national award for business reporting.
Enrollment rates and public acceptance are up as scholarship moves toward the mainstream. Originally published in the Los Angeles Times, November 30, 2003.
Future engineers build cardboard boats at a camp at Naval Base Ventura County. Some creations succeed, others are all wet. Originally published in the Los Angeles Times, August 1, 2003.
At Trinity Lutheran in Ventura, the Rev. David Hall faces allegations of crude jokes and actions. He refuses to step down and members have taken sides. Originally published in the Los Angeles Times, July 26, 2003.
The craftsman, one of the few in the Southland who restore large wooden boats, finds it’s a difficult but growing business. Originally published in the Los Angeles Times, July 13, 2003.
Mexican women travel to U.S. for jobs processing crab meat. Originally published in The Washington Times, September 29, 2002.
Written for a foreign policy audience, this short story required an unusual amount of work reaching Colombian officials abroad and interviewing traumatized politicians. Originally published in The Washington Times, June 28, 2002.
It’s not often you get to interview two national presidents in one week. The result of one of those interviews, this piece highlights the campaign of soon-to-win Kenyan opposition leader Mwai Kibaki. Originally published in The Washington Times, June 15, 2002.