Journalism Portfolio

Welcome to my freelance journalism portfolio. I have been a regular contributor since 2009 to the Bay State Banner, a longstanding weekly covering Greater Boston’s African American communities. My news stories, features and profiles have also appeared in The Guardian, Next CityExhale magazine, Banner Biz magazine, South End News and Bay Windows. I’ve covered a wide swath of urban issues and policy topics including affordable housing, foreclosure, neighborhood revitalization, transit equity, economic development, racial justice, education disparities and minority/local hiring.

As a 2014-15 GSA/New America Media Journalists in Aging Fellow I wrote a four-part series on housing challenges for Boston’s low-income elders.

In May 2015, I completed the Master of Urban and Regional Policy program at Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. My team’s entry won 2nd prize in the 2015 Affordable Housing Development Competition for graduate students.

Here is a selection of recent newspaper and magazine stories:

The Guardian (Guardian Cities):

Come for the pizza, stay for the power: why Boston lets teenagers set its budget

Next City

Silo-busting data analytics help Mass. cities tackle vacant properties

Risk-taking architecture for the playground set

Land trust network launches in Boston

Bay State Banner:

City teachers try to make do with fewer staff, supplies

Rev. Barber, in Boston, urges a moral lens on policy issues

Report shows Neighborhood Jobs Trust impact

Batter up! The BASE launches girls’ baseball program

Latinas Think Big forum tackles wealth gap

Advocates testify on millionaire tax

Local organizer shifts focus to transit equity

Home Funders sponsors ELI housing competition

BPS hires social-emotional learning expert

Bus Rapid Transit studied anew for Hub

Legislators advance racial profiling bills

Transit cost relief for Boston-area youth

Minority transit officials convene in Boston

JP, Roxbury elders feel effects of gentrification (sponsored by GSA/NAM fellowship)

Housing prices put squeeze on S. End, Chinatown elderly (sponsored by GSA/NAM fellowship)

When an elder loses a home (sponsored by GSA/NAM fellowship)

For older homeowners, it’s ‘buyer beware’ (sponsored by GSA/NAM fellowship)

For senior homeowners, repair costs loom large (sponsored by GSA/NAM fellowship)

Elder financial abuse a growing problem as population ages (sponsored by GSA/NAM fellowship)

Local AARP honors ‘nanas’ raising grandkids

Transit activists hopeful MBTA shutdowns will spur investment

BRA report touts reforms

Chinatown group forms land trust to fight gentrification

Mayors talk financial empowerment, inequality at UMass Boston forum

Program puts BPS students on path to Boston teaching jobs

Hundreds attend local Brother’s Keeper summit

Dismay, call to action after ‘sobering’ school report

Report details disparate educational outcomes for blacks, Latinos in BPS

Report shows Latinos underrepresented in local gov’t leadership

Coalition calls for wage guarantees for Roxbury construction projects

Roxbury workers stunned by hospital closure

Hub linkage fees fund $1 million in job training grants

Dorchester food production center expected to create 150 jobs

Mayor, Local Activists Break Ground on Roxbury Farm Plot

Family, Friendship Rule the Day at Roxbury Homecoming

Roxbury Forum Examines 1960s Anti-Highway Fight

Roxbury Neighbors Spar Over Affordable Housing

Dudley Square Retail Rents Rising as Area Undergoes Revitalization

Dudley Square Entrepreneurs Seek Retail Opportunities in Ferdinand Building

‘Inner City 100’ Honors Fastest-Growing Urban Companies

Mass Fair Housing Groups Receive $1.6 M from HUD

Melnea Cass Project Raises Resident Questions, Concerns

BUILD Preps Students for Entrepreneurship, College

Restaurants, Shops Anticipated for Ferdinand Site

Melnea Cass Blvd Redesign Plan Inches Forward

Protesters Demand More Local Jobs at Ferdinand Site

Cleaning Up Blue Hill Ave, Block by Block

City Council Hears Minority Contractor Issues

Volunteers Offer Help, Hope Amid Foreclosures

Developers Present Tremont Crossing Plans

City Seeks Strategies for Dudley Parking Woes

Jackson Square Project Officially Breaks Ground

Carrying the Momentum Forward – Rain fails to dampen Ferdinand celebration

Sweet! – Local baker to construct cake for Dudley groundbreaking

Ferdinand Design Proposal Mixes Old, New

City Seizes Buildings to Expand Ferdinand Project

City Council Honors Haley House – Resolutions praise food-based service model, transitional program for ex-convicts

Housing Activists Protest Award for Landlord Kargman

Journalist Chronicles Blacks’ Great Migration

Mayor’s Ferdinand Plan Stirs Hope for Dudley Revitalization

Mothers Unite to Transform Grief into Action

Science of Race – Museum of Science examines a social issue with a scientific lens

EPA’s Jackson strives to bring minorities to the table

Grand Opening for Thomas I. Atkins Apartments

Program Moves Homeless Families Out of Motels – but longterm housing stability still out of reach for many

Tenant Activists Rally to Keep Affordable Housing

The Boston Housing Authority Turns 75

First Lady Balances Work, Advocacy and a Little Campaigning – Profile of Massachusetts first lady Diane Patrick

State Initiative Offers Children Services

Groundbreaking Project Saved Affordable Housing

Exhale magazine:

Expanding the Theater Experience – Profile of Diane Paulus, artistic director, A.R.T. (cover story)

Science Club for Girls Grows Up – Profile of Connie Chow, executive director

Strategy for Sustainability – Profile of Crystal Johnson, environmental strategist (cover story)

The Connector – Profile of Saran Kaba Jones, founder of FACE Africa

Playwright Lydia R. Diamond – Profile, Oct 2010 (cover story)

A Healing Art – Profile of Dr. Michele David, physician and quilt artist

You Gotta Fight! – Profile of Susannah Sirkin, Physicians for Human Rights deputy director

Bay Windows:

Arroyo’s LGBT Fundraiser a St. Pat’s Day Parade Alternative

For Teacher, Yoga is Part of a Lifetime in Public Health

South End News:

Copley Expansion Project Approved

Local Residents Voice Opposition to Copley Project

Carter School Expansion Plans Inch Forward

Activist Kip Tiernan Remembered

Hearing Airs Questions on State Funding for Public Housing Repairs

Blackstone Program Helps English Language Learners

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s