Social Issues

“Do You Have Kids?” (What it’s like to live in the family-friendliest city in the country—without children.)

Walking Through Fire (How the daughter of a schizophrenic, crack-addicted stripper turned out funny, hopeful, and smart.)

The Cure (Conversion therapy never had much success changing teenagers’ sexual orientation. The real change is the revelation—and condemnation—of the therapy itself.)

Spotblight (For years, St. Louis aldermen have been gift-wrapping tax breaks with no strings attached. Who pays? The city schools.)

The Last Wish (If you scan the media, it looks like half the world is trying to live forever and the other half is fighting for the right to die.)

Finalist, City & Regional Magazine Awards, for “Feature Article”

Scared New World (The future of surveillance in St. Louis, as security cameras network and facial recognition spreads.)

A City Divided (the Ferguson shooting and the history of segregation in St. Louis)

Storytelling and Your Brain (booklet for a design firm)

Will or Grace (Transgender identity is emerging as the next civil-rights frontier. But there still aren’t any easy answers to the question this St. Louis family faced: Do you let your 12-year-old tough it out in a body that doesn’t feel like hers, or take medical steps toward one that does?)

Finalist, City & Regional Magazine Awards, for “Profile”

A Tragedy No One Saw Coming (An entrepreneur’s brilliant idea won instant FDA approval. Eight years later, babies started dying.)

Finalist, City & Regional Magazine Awards, for “Reporting”

Chasing the Dragon (The heroin epidemic hits St. Louis.)

Winner, “Newswriting,” Great Plains Journalism Awards 2012

Twist of Fate: Joplin’s Recovery (Six months after the deadly tornado whirled down and sheared the town in half.)

Finalist, with Jarrett Medlin, City & Regional Magazine Awards, for “Reporting” + Ranley Award, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, “Best Single Written Article”

In the Time of Cholera (Mass graves, epidemic illness, children orphaned in the earthquake, voters bloodied with machetes at the polls… The mystery is Haiti’s resilience.)

Ranley Award, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, “Best Single Written Article”

Fertile Imagination (An organic farmer with a poet’s sensibility goes up against the realpolitik of agribusiness.)

James Beard Foundation Journalism Award + Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Award

Plight of the Gypsies (Home is where they have to take you in. But for Roma refugees, there’s no such place.)

Finalist, Nixon Newspapers Journalism Writing Award

 The Right to Answers (Nobody knew why the babies were dying near Weldon Spring. But the grownups couldn’t help asking whether the site’s toxic stew was to blame.)

 Society of Environmental Journalists Outstanding Feature Award

Guess Who’s Coming to Math Class? (Are kids with autism ready to be mainstreamed? Are schools ready to have them?)

National Education Writers Association Award

In the Time of Cholera (Mass graves, epidemic illness, children orphaned in the earthquake, voters bloodied with machetes at the polls… The mystery is Haiti’s resilience.)

The Year in Hell (Dr. Gus Schonfeld survived Auschwitz, and he’d barely talked about it since.)

Behind the Rainbow (The cloak-and-dagger corporation that dyes our food)

Dinner at the Club, Darling? (A theory of the leisured class)

Kingdom Comes (Young drag kings learn how to stuff their jeans and unstuff their dreams)

Following the Melons (What life’s like for migrant workers in Missouri’s boot heel)

The Olmstead Challenge (At the nursing home, 33-year-old Charlene Day’s life was a blur of drugs, braunschweiger and bingo.)

Eye of the Needle (The dirty linen that makes our nice, clean clothes)

The Torture Place (In Afghanistan, he was a journalist. Until he saw too much, and they shot acid into his eye and cut off his ear.)

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URBAN LANDSCAPE

The Last Lemp (Is Andrew Paulsen a flesh-and-blood descendant of St. Louis’ famous family—or a pretender to the throne?)

Finalist, City & Regional Magazine Awards, for “Feature Article”

Twist of Fate: Joplin’s Recovery (Six months after the deadly tornado whirled down and sheared the town in half.)

Keeping It Simple(The Karandzieffs made Crown Candy Kitchen an icon by avoiding change, failing to innovate, and refusing to expand.)

Louis, Louis, Loo-ey: Recovering Memories of St. Louis’ French Heritage (Whyever had we forgotten?)

A Sewer Runs Through It (The long, murky history of the River Des Peres)

Keepin’ It Real (The ballroom and bodegas, antiques and riffraff of Cherokee Street)

Why Single Women Hate St. Louis (Which, sadly, broke all newsstand sales records. Proving the point.)

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