Not in my locker room: Texas HS football coaches give players the Trump talk 

Originally published Oct. 11, 2016 in The Dallas Morning News. I also shot video and edited video published with this piece. In the locker room chaos before school Tuesday morning, the young men of Grapevine High School’s football team scrambled to get ready for a last-minute team meeting. “Hurry up, hurry up,” head coach Randy […]

Slain Dallas Officer Michael Krol honored in his Michigan hometown 

Originally published July 19, 2016 in The Dallas Morning News. This story was part of coverage that was a finalist for breaking news reporting for both the American Society of News Editors and Texas Associated Press Managing Editors competitions. It was also part of coverage that was named a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize […]

Boy meets ‘real heroes’ — Dallas cops — on night off in Detroit 

Originally published July 18, 2016 in The Dallas Morning News. This story was part of coverage that was a finalist for breaking news reporting for both the American Society of News Editors and Texas Associated Press Managing Editors competitions. It was also part of coverage that was named a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in breaking […]

In morning light Dallas tries to process ambush: ‘I don’t know what safe is’ 

Originally published July 8, 2016 in The Dallas Morning News. This story was part of a packet that was a finalist for breaking news reporting for both the American Society of News Editors and Texas Associated Press Managing Editors competitions. It was also part of coverage that was named a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer […]

Modern-day rustlers: Even in 2016, cattle thieves loom large on lawmen’s minds 

Originally published March 14, 2016 in The Dallas Morning News. I coded the interactive presentation and worked with illustrator Michael Hogue to tell the story both graphically and through my copy.  Despite echoes of old Westerns, cattle rustling is a thoroughly modern problem in Texas, with high-tech methods to catch the crooks. And a special law […]

These real-life Jedis follow the way of the Force, find universal truth in ‘Star Wars’ 

Originally published Dec. 16, 2015 in GuideLive at The Dallas Morning News. This is a Jedi love story, but not as painfully awkward as Attack of the Clones. A long, long time ago (well, three years) in a galaxy far, far away (well, New Zealand ), Brenna Cavell was scanning the Internet. She came across a […]

Holy stories unfold in new icons at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 

Originally published Sept. 24, 2015 in The Dallas Morning News. Leonidas Diamantopoulos put brush to a large canvas spread out on the floor of his Athens studio, etching out images of a pool of water and a man standing beside it. Slowly, the story started to come together. He’s not painting pictures, he said. He’s […]

Frisco Arts group to refocus without Discovery Center 

Originally published Sept. 10, 2015 in neighborsgo.  Frisco Arts is about to get a major makeover. With a new board of directors in place, Frisco Association for the Arts — a nonprofit that serves as the official arts agency for the city — is reorganizing to focus on its original mission of supporting and advocating […]

Allen Eagles shooting team competes nationally with safety in mind 

Originally published Aug. 6, 2015 in The Dallas Morning News. The world was in neon-tinted contrast behind Hunter Alford’s sunglasses. Blue sky turned pink; brown dirt turned purple. He pulled his left-handed shotgun to his shoulder. “Pull,” he said softly. After a beat, a bright orange dot flew out of a trap to his left, […]

Octogenarians become historic Dallas newlyweds 

Originally published June 26, 2015 in The Dallas Morning News. They shuffled in behind the couple, craning their necks to see the first same-sex marriage license issued in Dallas County. One mother picked her toddler up to see and kissed him on the cheek. “They’re getting married!” the boy said. “A lot of people are […]