Here’s a running list of my best Dallas Morning News stories

I started at The Dallas Morning News in February 2015. I started on the cops beat, covering the Dallas Police Department, and then in February 2016 I was moved to the Dallas County beat. Since then, I’ve been covering county government, the jail, Parkland Memorial Hospital — North Texas’ largest public hospital — Dallas’ juvenile detention facilities and other interesting stuff that my editor or I have come across.

It’s been tough to find the time to keep this website updated. You can read all my published stories at my author page here. And below are some stories I’ve done in Dallas that I’m particularly proud of:

Profiles

How Police Chief David Brown’s entire life prepared him for the Dallas shootings

This story was a finalist for the Pulitzer prize, as it was included among The Dallas Morning News’ entry for the breaking news category.

‘Too controversial’ for Fox, Dallas’ Tomi Lahren may be Facebook’s most loved and hated woman

Before the trial of his life, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price isn’t worried


After Orlando, a Dallas drag queen looks out on her changed world

Features

Compassionate use: When the one drug that can protect your child could put you in jail

In rural Dallas County, a clash over the role of government

‘Goodbye to the girl I used to be’

In Baton Rouge, Dallas officers soldier on to honor brothers in blue

Victim in Garland terror attack tormented by belief FBI knew of ISIS plot

The case of the missing ‘Queen of Oak Lawn’

Investigative

Flooded Houston-area homeowners might have been spared ruin — but only if they read the fine print

The suburbs are booming, but their uninsured increasingly burden Dallas County taxpayers

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins interfered in major deal on behalf of local firms, colleagues allege

A taxing problem: Dallas property taxes squeeze middle class while wealthy, businesses reap advantages

Unsupervised boys at Dallas County juvenile detention engaged in sex acts

Guards watched football, played on phones while youths in Dallas County lockup had sex

Commentary

Why US Politics Keeps My Grandma, a Holocaust Survivor, Up at Night

I lost any sense of journalistic detachment when Patti Stevens mentioned me in her suicide note

What I learned from getting kicked out of a police gathering in Baton Rouge

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Trust key ingredient to fighting local crime

This news analysis ran on the Opinion page of The Advocate on June 27, 2012. View the page here. Or, on The Advocate’s website here. 

In an unlikely partnership, residents of the city’s crime-plagued 70805 ZIP code, many of whom have long distrusted the Baton Rouge Police Department, are now saying they are ready to help the department in its new efforts to fight violent crime in their neighborhood.

The north Baton Rouge ZIP code area accounts for 30 percent of the city’s homicides but only 13 percent of its population.

The success of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program, or BRAVE, hinges on the ability of the BRAVE unit — made up of five elite officers — to build trust with the community’s law-abiding residents, who are often too afraid to report criminal activity out of fear of retaliation, said Lt. Todd Lee, who helped draft the plan.

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Challenge to DA over juvenile’s transfer to adult court could break ground

This news analysis piece was published on the Opinion page of The Advocate on March 21. View the page here.  Or, on the website here.

District Attorney Hillar Moore III said he plans to fight a motion challenging his decision to transfer a juvenile defendant to adult court — an issue that might make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The case involves Tyler Coleman, the 16-year-old boy accused of shooting and, officials say, paralyzing Metro Councilman Chandler Loupe’s son.

Moore, like all Louisiana district attorneys, has been largely unchallenged when he has decided to move any 14-, 15- or 16-year-old charged with a serious violent crime to adult court, with no need for a hearing on the issue first. Read more of this post

How I like my news

This blog post was published on USA TODAY Social Media on June 23, 2010.

As a 20 year old college student, I am seeing a growing disparity between the way traditional newspapers put out their news, and the way my generation—once referred to as the ADD Generation—likes our news.

While there is definitely some truth to the “ADD” label, I prefer the more general term, the “Millennial Generation.” The “Millennial Generation” refers to those of us born in the 80’s and 90’s. We are the largest generation in history—bigger than the Baby Boomers—as well as the most educated, yet least employed. Read more of this post

How I use my cell phone

This blog post was published on USA TODAY Social Media on July 12, 2010.

I was fourteen when I got my first cell phone. It was huge, had a bright green Celtics case, the Snake game, and t9 texting—by far its most exciting feature.

Since getting our first cell phones, my friends and I have spent the last decade or so evolving into adults, with these evolving devices always at our sides. In fact, most of us would agree that by this point, our “cellies” have become something like another bodily appendage, ones we simply can’t live without. Read more of this post