Investigative + Award-Winning Features

Navigating the Urban Landscape: How accessible is the Short North?
An investigative piece on Columbus, Ohio’s premiere arts district and its accessibility for people with disabilities. (This, and the story about the limestone sofa below, were part of a grassroots investigative series for the Short North Gazette that was funded by the Puffin Foundation.)

Limestone Legacy
Damaged, dinged and tagged with spray paint, a limestone sofa commemorating the Short North Arts District’s history of furniture-making was removed, restored and relocated. This piece looks at the controversial reasons it was excised from the neighborhood, and whether anything changed after its departure.

From Hatemonger to Healer: Memoirs of a Professional Racist
Originally published in the Columbus Guardian on Oct. 12, 1995, this piece was widely republished in alternative weeklies around the country, including the Detroit Metro Times, Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express, and The Colorado Springs Independent, among others. It was used as educational material in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s “Not in Our Town” campaign against hate crimes, and was part of a group of articles that won a national award for Best Local Political Series from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies in 1996.