How the ‘America’s Team’ Dallas Cowboys transformed the city’s image after JFK assassination 

Originally published Nov. 18, 2017 in The Dallas Morning News. Reported as part of my master’s thesis research at Southern Methodist University. Fridays in the early 1960s were usually light workout days for the Dallas Cowboys. The team was running through a few routine drills on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963 at its facility […]

Eyes on the fries: Winner rules the Whataburger in friendly Texas high school football feud 

Originally published Nov. 8, 2017 in The Dallas Morning News. FRISCO — In the front row of Frisco ISD’s Memorial Stadium, Frisco Lone Star High School senior Dalton Light hoisted a white flag with a bright orange W. Clad in navy blue and silver from head-to-toe, the fans clung to signs painted with orange-and-white numbered A-frame […]

For Cowboys’ anthem performer, focus is on the song, not the debate 

Originally published Oct. 1, 2017 in The Dallas Morning News. ARLINGTON — By the dawn’s early light, Freddie Jones arrives at AT&T Stadium with his bright blue trumpet. In a green room down the hall from the Cowboys locker room, he warms up for hours before his small but critical part of the Cowboys pregame […]

Parking-garage skateboard race rolls into downtown Dallas 

Originally published Oct. 17, 2015 in The Dallas Morning News. Freya Jardine lined up with three other longboarders on the top of the 13-story parking garage, ready for a minute and a half sprint to the bottom. When the riders took off, she was in the middle of the pack. She cut low and tight […]

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, […]

Grand Prairie horse fair helps match retired thoroughbreds with new vocations 

Originally published July 13, 2015 in The Dallas Morning News. GRAND PRAIRIE — Tiffany Williams had to step away from the horse trainer to make the call. “How much would you hate me if I came home with a horse?” she said into her pink iPhone. Williams had her eye on a racehorse named Rare […]

After middle-school football injury, prescription led to decade-long addiction for McKinney resident 

Originally published Oct. 17, 2014 in neighborsgo at The Dallas Morning News. At 4:30 a.m., Matt Robinson will start his day with a prayer for God’s guidance. The 28-year-old McKinney resident will get to the gym by 5:30 a.m. and work by 7:30 a.m., where he is vice president of a logistics company. Two years ago, […]

Pushing the limits 

Originally published July 20, 2014 in The Dallas Morning News. I also designed and coded the special longform display on their site. Flies landed on the beast’s back as the cowboy got ready for his ride. He pulled a flank strap around the bull’s backside and a bull rope with a leather handle around the […]

Can’t take bats out of seniors’ hands in Grand Prairie softball league 

Originally published July 6, 2014 in The Dallas Morning News. GRAND PRAIRIE — With a rising pantline and knobby knees, Jim Waite stepped out of the dugout at Mike Lewis Park. He wore No. 15 on his back, blue shorts and a Texas Rangers ballcap. It was his 72nd birthday. “I’d rather be here today […]

Plano playing host to National Youth Cricket League’s inaugural national tournament 

Originally published in The Dallas Morning News on June 30, 2014. PLANO — At Extra Innings, baseball and softball rule. The walls of the indoor training center are covered in posters, jerseys and ads paying homage to those pastimes. But on this night, cricket is the sport of the hour. One poster for a local […]