Published Work

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I enjoy when my jobs take me to interesting places and I'm not afraid to be part of the action like recording a Facebook Live from the middle of a flooded road or grabbing photos from the top of a baseball stadium. 

The most rewarding aspects of my job are when my creative nature drives a connection between a story, person or product and my readership. 

Here are a few of my favorite works throughout my 10-year career.

5 years after responding to husband’s suicide, cop opens up to fight stigma

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Story brief: Officer Jenn Kennedy of Springettsbury Township Police Department remembers the night her husband and fellow officer committed suicide in the couple’s home -- she arrived first on the scene. Five years after that evening, Kennedy opens up about her husband’s death to help other officers navigate the mental rigors of policework. 

 

Why I like this story: Jenn’s story started as a small piece about a local police officer. After learning about her husband’s suicide, we decided to lengthen the piece, not only to give the length the story deserve, but to show others what local police departments are doing to combat police suicides.

Published: Sept. 10, 2019

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Wayne Scott: A Life Changed - Part of Our York Media’s Neighbors series

Story brief: Wayne Scott will tell you his story is not that different from anyone else in any other city. The street life took those he loves. He can show you the scars of where it nearly took him, too.  After his cousin died in 2007, Wayne made a pledge to help children like he once was stay off the streets. This story shows how he turned his life around. 

 

Why I like this story: Wayne’s story goes beyond leaving a life of violence behind. He’s using his status within the community to create opportunities for children in the position he once was. This story flexed our outlet’s creative muscles to produce a story, video and art while expanding on a successful series our readership enjoyed. 

Published: Feb. 10, 2020

Find the online story here.

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From stage to office, York Academy shows why the arts matter

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Story brief: At a time when many schools are cutting arts programs, York Academy Regional Charter School emphasizes them, giving students a creative outlet to express themselves. Why? Because many of the skills learned through the arts -- like the ability to perform in front of a crowd -- translate to the real world.

 

Why I like this story: As a client, York Academy wanted to emphasize aspects of the school that separated them from other schools in the area. We did this by highlighting the programs through the eyes of instructors and students, humanizing the school for prospective students.

Published: Dec. 18, 2019

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Saving Yorktowne: The unlikely story of how York landed Hilton

Story brief: Multiple York-area government agencies announced a monumental deal with Hilton Hotels that would renovate the Yorktowne Hotel, a 125-year-old hotel in the center of downtown. The deal surprised many, but this story details how those on the inside worked until the last minute to get the deal finished. 

 

Why I like this story: Instead of just leaving this as a hotel announcement, I wanted to expand the story and find out how this stunning deal happened. At more than 2,000 words, the story challenged my ability to write longer, while keeping the audience engaged. 

Published: June 4, 2018

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Surviving to thriving: Building Lenka Bar’s American Dream

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Story brief: Lenka Rasovsky fled communist Czechoslovakia in 1984 with aspirations of starting a family in the free world. 35 years later, she’s the head of Lenka Bar -- a craft granola bar manufacturer based in York Township. 

 

Why I like this story: While this story was a basic client story, I’ve become fascinated with how this story became used by the client. In every shipment of Lenka Bars, the company added a print version of the story. That act humanizes the company and creates a connection through her thrilling story. 

Published: July 23, 2019

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Everyone loves Hamir: Meet the chef behind York’s Indian Fusion

Story brief: Hamir Patel’s culinary journey began when his friend became diagnosed with breast cancer. After cooking at a fundraiser for her treatment, he decided to become a professional chef. After successful stints in a local restaurant incubator, Hamir opened his first restaurant in 2017.

 

Why I like this story: This story was one of the first times I attacked an entire story package from beginning to end. I interviewed Hamir and wrote the story, developed a video to go with it and worked with my editors to craft a headline and social media.  

Published: June 4, 2018

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