Burlington mall shooting hits ‘on a very emotional level’ (Sept. 2016)
Five people were killed when a 20-year-old Oak Harbor man allegedly walked into a Macy’s department store in Burlington and opened fire. The shooting rocked the close-knit, rural Washington community.
I covered the developing story live, including on Twitter. Here’s a summary of that coverage: Part one, two, three, four, five and six. Here’s the print PDF: A1 page and inside spread. And here is the online original story, as well as others I reported over days about the victims’ families, community’s grieving and shooting investigation.
I broke this story and then alerted management that we needed to call in more staff. After that, I headed to Burlington (about 60 miles from Seattle) and covered the active scene throughout the night and next morning. I hopped from press conferences to the homes of victims’ families.
‘Chill’ gathering turns deadly for longtime Mukilteo friends (July 2016)
Three teens were killed and another was wounded when a 19-year-old allegedly stormed a house party with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, marking Washington’s fifth mass shooting with at least four victims in 2016, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
I worked on a team of reporters who interviewed the victims’ friends and family members to compile this narrative. The story is impressive, in part, because police at that time were only releasing brief details on the incident, so we had to do our own investigative work. I covered the shooting’s aftermath days later, as well.
How Seattle protests unfolded as news of Dallas cop shootings spread (July 2016)
More than 1,000 people gathered in downtown Seattle on July 7, decrying the deaths of two black men at the hands of police, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. The demonstration began as a planned rally, though eventually grew into an impromptu march throughout downtown streets. Hundreds of people participated.
Simultaneously, news of the fatal shooting of officers in Dallas spread, changing the tone of the Seattle protest.
Before I left the newsroom to cover the protest, I wrote an online story previewing the event, which is the “Original post” of this live feed. While at the scene, I conducted interviews with protesters, maintained close contact with Seattle police and sent live updates (including photos and videos) to the office via Twitter and email. After a few hours, I headed back to the newsroom to manage the live WordPress feed and review the story for print.
Here’s a similar project on a Black Lives Matter protest a few weeks later.
Obama breezes through Seattle for key Democratic fundraisers (June 2016)
Seattle Times political reporter Jim Brunner and I tracked Obama as his motorcade traveled through the Seattle area, creating heavy traffic congestion and a spectacle for fans. A small group of protesters gathered near the Washington State Convention Center, where Obama spoke. We covered the day in this live feed and then compiled our work for this longer print narrative.
Bernie Sanders rallies thousands at Seattle’s KeyArena
Thousands of hardcore fans gathered at the Seattle Center to hear Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders ahead of Washington state’s 2016 caucuses.
3 teens arrested in deadly shooting at The Jungle homeless camp (February, 2016)
Two people were killed and three were wounded when at least two people opened fire at The Jungle, a notorious homeless encampment along Seattle’s Interstate 5.
The shooting occurred the same night authorities arrested Ammon Bundy, a leader in the anti-government occupation at an Oregon wildlife refuge. I covered that breaking-news story simultaneously.
Western Washington floods, winter 2015
Three people died and several hundred thousand lost power in this windstorm that caused river flooding, highway mudslides and road closures.
I contributed daily to the staff’s weather coverage.
Chinese president Seattle visit, Sept. 2015
President Xi Jinping spent two days in Seattle for political and business meetings. I was part of a team that compiled updates, including video footage and social media posts, for a live blog and multiple print pieces, one of which I wrote about a rally downtown.
Washington wildfires, summer 2015
I contributed daily to the staff’s coverage of Washington’s worst wildfire season on record. The blazes killed three firefighters, critically injured another, and wrecked hundreds of homes.
Here is an example of one of those fires which forced some 1,000 people out of their homes.
Photo by Bridget Bennett / The Minnesota Daily.
Gophers fall, fans riot
A riotous crowd filled Dinkytown streets in April 2014, following the University of Minnesota Gophers’ loss in the NCAA Frozen Four final.
I worked on a team of more than a dozen student journalists who complied live updates and interactive graphics, as well as a print package. News outlets across the country later published our work.
Honorable Mention News Story of the Year 2015
Associated Collegiate Press
Photo by Amanda Snyder / The Minnesota Daily.
Minnesota Daily: A husband-wife coaching pair at the University of Minnesota resigned amid school and federal investigations into their conduct with gymnasts.
First Place Feature Story of the Year 2013
Associated Collegiate PressMinnesota Daily: Same-sex student couples at the University of Minnesota had been planning weddings for decades, and a spring 2013 state vote finally made their marriages legal. I profiled several couples and their engagements, one of which I followed up with more than a year later.
I was voted one of the region’s top journalists in KING 5’s “Best of Western Washington” audience poll.
The Minnesota Daily received online and print ACP First Place Pacemaker Awards during my tenure as the newspaper’s managing editor.
I was named North Dakota’s 2011 Journalist of the Year.
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