Journalism

I’ve been working as a freelance journalist since 2008. I’d like to write solely on Big Topics, but most of the time I get curious about what’s around me and wind up narrowing my lens. I write about people, communities, poverty, and religion, but my real urge is to give space to voices that aren’t often heard and to figure out how we as a society can be fairer and kinder.

In a Revived Durham, Black Residents Ask: Is There Still Room for Us? (New York Times)

Fighting for Affordable Housing in Washington, DC (Urban Land Magazine)

John Little and Other Developers are Gentrifying Durham’s East End. They’re Not About to Apologize. (Indyweek)

Using Preservation to Stop Gentrification Before It Starts (CityLab)

How Creative Repurposing of Industrial Scrap Is Holding Off a Neighborhood’s Gentrification (Yes! Magazine)

The Last Scrap Yard in the District Closes to Make Room for Stadium (Washington Post)

Hanging out with the D Boys (Atticus Review)

A Life in Heavy Metal (Washington Post Magazine)

As the Florida Avenue Market’s Neighborhood Becomes Hip, Longtime Merchants are Squeezed Out (Washington Post)

What I Learned From Talking With My Neighbors About Gentrification (CityLab)

Remodeling Boom in DC Area Brings to Light Rich Veins of Old-Growth Lumber (Washington Post)

DC Birthing Center for Low Income Families Struggles to Attract Poor Clients (Washington Post)

In DC, a Street’s Grit Gives Way to Glamour (New York Times)

Business is Booming for ‘The Other Food Trucks’ Too (Washington Post)

Northwest Funeral Homes Struggle to Survive (Washington Post)

DC Government, Nonprofits Help Low-Income Residents Achieve Homeownership (Washington Post)

Capital Melting Pot? Not When It Comes to Food (Boston Globe)

H Street Shuffled (Washington City Paper)

When the Rebar Hits the Road (Washington City Paper)

These Kung Fu-Trained Buddhist Nuns Teach Nepalese Girls Self-Defense (Bust)

Summit Church’s JD Greear Wants to Take the Southern Baptist Convention into the 21st Century. The Old Guard Would Rather He Not. (Indyweek)

Catholic Worker Houses Remain a Place for Protest and the Poor (Religion & Politics)

How Raleigh’s John Pavlovitz Went from Fired Megachurch Pastor to Rising Star of the Religious Left (Indyweek)

Love Thy Neighbor: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove on Race, Faith, and Resistance (The Sun)

What a Revived Poor People’s Campaign Needs to Do in the Trump Era (Yes! Magazine)

How Much Should I Share with the Poor? (Plough)

Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win (Yes! Magazine)

Evangelicals Overwhelmingly Support Trump. Not All of Them Support His Refugee Policies (Indyweek)

A New Crop of DC Churches Has Discovered the Secret to Appealing to Millennials (Washington Post)

Converting Churches to Condos Brings Logistical, Social Challenges (Washington Post)

Urban Churches Face Black Flight (Christianity Today)

Can Old Churches Attract New Gentrifiers? (CityLab)

Moorish Scientists Struggled with Tainted Reputation Even Before Baton Rouge (Religion News Service)

The Pastors Out to Save Millennials’ Souls (The Daily Beast)

She Was Teaching Meditation to Inmates. Would It Help Them? (Washington Post Magazine)

Try This: Spend a Night at the Franciscan Monastery’s New Hermitage Retreat (Washington Post)

Setting Aside Housing for Frequent Healthcare Users (Shelterforce)

What Really Helps the Unemployed Find Full-Time Jobs (Yes! Magazine)

Food Councils are Mobilizing to Defend Food Stamp Recipients (Civil Eats)

Forget Tax Breaks. Education Is the Key to Attracting Businesses. (New Republic)

Why Have Banks Stopped Lending to Low-Income Americans? (Talk Poverty)

Boosters Argue the the Proposed East Coast Greenway Could Revitalize Forgotten NC Towns (Indyweek)

For Low-Income Residents, the Economic Benefits of Amazon’s New Wind Farm are Up in the Air (In These Times)

6 Ways Affordable Housing Developers Are Fighting NIMBYism (Next City)

A Small Town’s Turnaround Could Teach Trump the Right Way to Spend the US Government’s Money (Quartz)

Youth Employment Incubator Launches in Durham (Next City)

When School is Based on What Kids Want to Learn (Yes! magazine)

Booking a Place to Stay on Your Summer Vacation? You Have More Options Than Ever. (Washington Post)

Urban Agriculture Could Potentially Produce a Tenth of the World’s Food. Is Grass Really the Best Use for Your Yard? (Indyweek)

Before the Bulldozers Come, the NC Native Plant Society Tries to Rescue the Plants (Indyweek)

Cohousing’s Diversity Problem (CityLab)

Cohousing Community for LGBT Seniors Coming to Durham (Durham Herald)

We Aren’t So Different–3 Steps to Approach Hate and Fear (Yes! Magazine)

How to Build a Successful Babysitting Cooperative (Parents.com)

Go to the (Ex-) Mountain: Why the Dance Exchange’s Cassie Meador Walked 500 Miles (Washington City Paper)

Dancing with Lucius (Contact Quarterly Newsletter)

Work in Progress: What’s Wrong With D.C.’s Modern Dance Scene? (Washington City Paper)

For Violin Maker Howard Needham, a Rarefied World (Washington Post Magazine)

Me and the Wild Beast (Geez Magazine)

Cruising L.A.’s Burgeoning Bike Scene, Traffic Be Darned (Washington Post)

Swedish Environmental Lessons (Christian Science Monitor)

Glut Food Store Marks 40 Lean Years of Cheap and Funky (Washington Post)

See Washington, D.C., Like a Local (Los Angeles Times)