Writing clips

From the Steeves archives:

News (front page): An Oregon city contemplates throwing in the towel and dissolving the town. This city is going through a lot of turmoil, which led to its city manager resigning after the city council gave him an enlarged severance months before.

News (front page, multiple days): I was part of an award-winning news team that covered the Clackamas Town Center shooting. I was the first reporter to the scene, where I Tweeted what was happening and talked to as many people as I could, leading to most of these vignettes. Months later, police released their entire investigation. I weeded through 1,000 pages of reports to write about the small, important acts of heroism from common people that day, one about a sock-selling Marine who saved her employees, another about a man who shielded his wife from the shooter and helped a fatally-injured woman. Seeing a strange trend in all the witness statements I reported on why so many people at the mall misread the shooter.

Business cover: Happy Valley was arguably the hardest-hit city in Oregon when the housing bubble burst. When it rebounded, I wrote a feature about it. I followed that up a few months later with a quick-hit: What did the city’s “complaint” calls say about the city’s growth?

And from my time in Maine:

News feature (A1): A colony of (rare) migrating birds abandoned a small Maine island for the first time ever

News (A1): All-boys class sees academic success — and criticism from ACLU. This nationwide issue was also covered in a news feature about the class. Ultimately, the small town stopped allowing boys-only classrooms in the elementary school.

News feature (A1 weekend edition): Inmates and their families want more say in out-of-state transfer decisions

Investigation (A1 weekend edition): Maine Drug Enforcement agent investigated for wrongdoing

News: Man strangles woman, forces her young son to sleep next to her dead body

News: High school football players lift car off teammate

News feature (A1 weekend edition): Prisoners get free college education, may save taxpayers money