I’m happy to report that I had another productive and fulfilling year journalistically in 2016. Below are some highlights:
- Before Al Jazeera America posted it’s final story, I wrote a follow-up story on my investigative report on the public defender’s crisis in New Orleans after the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit.
- I revisited the lethal injection beat after conservative lawmakers in Louisiana said they’d consider rethinking their support of the death penalty, especially as the state grappled with major deficit.
- I was asked to write a five-part series on the state of women’s rights in Louisiana for Gambit, New Orleans’ major alt-weekly. In two cover articles and three additional pieces I covered the uneven playing field for women concerning economics and pay equality, Medicaid expansion and women’s health, dwindling resources for working mothers and how a political divide has impacted women’s reproductive rights.
- I began a new gig as a contributing reporter for Hechinger Report, a national news organization covering inequality and innovation in education, and got an article on Louisiana budget cuts trapping working parents published in The Atlantic.
- I earned a new beat and maximum part-time hours at The New Orleans Advocate covering River Parishes, crime and courts, and finished out the year with A1 bylines on stories about a young artist killed during a major Bourbon Street shooting, worries over ‘likely’ carcinogen being emitted from a chemical plant in St. John the Baptist Parish and the new law that authorizes a $744 million hurricane levee to protect River Parishes from Lake Pontchartrain floodwaters.