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 […]

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 […]

McKinney pastors lead push for peace as pool party incident draws national spotlight 

Originally published June 13, 2015 in The Dallas Morning News. McKINNEY — More than a month ago, pastor Mike Connaway was preparing for a conference presentation about race and the church. The leader of McKinney’s VLife Church said he had a vision that turned out to be prophetic. With protests raging in black communties nationwide […]

Opposing activists pray, protest at Marco Rubio’s office 

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on June 26, 2013. TAMPA — Nobody was quite satisfied outside Sen. Marco Rubio’s Tampa office Wednesday as two different groups protested Rubio’s stance on immigration. The first group thought he wasn’t doing enough, the other thought he’d gone too far. In the morning, a group of church leaders, […]

Active duty soldiers take citizenship oath at White House ceremony 

Published July 4, 2012 on Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. WASHINGTON – They walked into the White House East Room on Wednesday as defenders of the United States. They walked out as citizens. A group of 25 active duty service members took the oath of allegiance to the United States in the White House on Independence […]

Lugar, Mourdock face-off with negative campaigns 

Published in the Indiana Daily Student on March 29, 2012. This can’t be a good month for Dick Lugar. The long-time Republican senator from Indiana is stuck in a much closer primary against State Treasurer Richard Mourdock than he would like to be. He only has a six-point lead in some polls. And what’s more, […]

In 2012, youth voters may prove elusive for Obama 

Published in USA TODAY on July 29, 2011. WASHINGTON – Three years ago, Max Eden made phone calls and spent weekends in New Hampshire working for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Today, the 22-year-old recent graduate of Yale University says Obama “very, very gradually lost me.” Eden is co-founder of a national group called Students for […]

Flag’s restoration mirrors a nation’s healing 

Published in USA TODAY on July 14, 2011. WASHINGTON — The National 9/11 Flag is a hodgepodge of threads and patches from around the country. The red and white stripes have faded to dark maroon and gray. Smaller U.S. flags have been sewn into the upper right corner to hold it together. The flag, originally […]

International student watches as native country erupts in protests 

Published in the Indiana Daily Student on January 31, 2011. While chaos broke out in Cairo as Egyptians demanded a change in government, Ahmed Kadous prayed for his country Friday in the quiet Islamic Center of  Bloomington. Kadous faced Mecca, toward home, and prayed. “I was crying today, really, I was crying,” he said. “Most […]

Bill would create national registry to track undiagnosed illnesses 

Originally published Aug. 27, 2008 in The Dallas Morning News. All Breanne Bullard of Frisco knows about her son is that he is sick. When Elijah Bullard was born in April 2007, he suffered brain swelling, couldn’t move his arms or legs, and had trouble eating, an assortment of issues that left specialists at Children’s […]