Feature stories

While most of my 13 years of reporting were spent on policy and political stories, I’ve also written features on everything from turkey sexing to spelling bee winners. Some examples:


TURKEY SEXING: I explore the fascinating dark art that keeps the thriving poultry industry of Southwest Missouri afloat.


SPELLING BEE Here I profile 2000 National Spelling Bee Champion George Thampy.  He was sponsored by the Post-Dispatch so I was under marching orders to produce a 1,500-word story. Problem is, I was limited to a 10 -minute interview with the boy and his parents would only answer a few questions.

faces & places

REALITY TV  Virginia Ferguson had become a staple of Missouri living rooms in a multi-million dollar ad campaign for a voter approved casino in Rockaway Beach, near Branson. I spent a day with her.

Reality Tv

BRUTAL KILLING:  I had a day and a half for this breaking news story on the murder of an 8-year-old.

Child's brutal killing stuns two small towns

COMMUNITY JUSTICE: I profile a program that seeks to divert youth offenders from the court.

Community justice

VIOLIN:  Among the many education features I’ve written, this one is among those I remember the most about a violin program in the inner-city.

"Is today violin"

TIME AFTERMATH: What happens when a high school opens its doors to Time magazine reporting project?

School gambled in opening its doors for Time report

12 ANGRY MEN: The graduates of a tiny middle school for inner-city kids perform a play, the culmination of their time at the school.

Academy's first graduates step from ppoverty to success

END OF JUNIOR: Turns out we aren’t naming our sons after their fathers as much these days. I explore why.

What's in a name

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