How do you save the hawk who sought refuge from Harvey in your taxi? Leather gloves and moonshine 

Originally published Sept. 13, 2017 in The Dallas Morning News. After one last car ride from a rehab center in Lucas to a park in Plano, Harvey the Hurricane Hawk was finally ready to fly free. The young Cooper’s hawk took refuge in a Houston taxicab as the storm swirled into Texas’ Gulf Coast in late […]

Wading in chest-high water, he wanted 100 gators to swim toward him 

Originally published Sept. 7, 2017 in The Dallas Morning News. BEAUMONT — Surrounded by hundreds of alligators, Gary Saurage waded through murky floodwaters trying to save his 15-acre reptile sanctuary just off Interstate 10. Hurricane Harvey had brought record rains, and the water was already above the fence of one enclosure, offering easy escape for smaller […]

Helicopters, pickups and airboats: How your donations are getting to Harvey’s victims 

Originally published Sept. 4, 2017 in The Dallas Morning News. ORANGE, Texas — A coordinated effort between the National Guard, American Red Cross volunteers and regular folks with boats and trucks is getting supplies from generous Texans into the hands of people who need it most. To see this goodwill in action, zoom in and study an […]

Texas families passing through Buc-ee’s stock up on supplies, brace for Harvey’s arrival 

Originally published Aug. 25, 2017 in The Dallas Morning News. NEW BRAUNFELS — As the wind picked up and more families scurried to pick up bags of ice and fill tanks of gas, Andi and Terence Munsch took a drag off their cigarettes and considered their options. They’d fled their home in Port O’Connor on the Gulf […]

Where is Elijah? Dallas family seeks answers 2 years after son vanishes on Cabo San Lucas mission trip 

This year-long investigation was originally published Aug. 23, 2017 in The Dallas Morning News.  Benjamin Hernandez eased through the passenger pickup lane at Dallas Love Field, searching the crowd for his older brother. Dozens of travelers embraced loved ones, lifted heavy luggage into cars and drove toward home. But Benjamin couldn’t find any sign of […]

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 […]