Note: Another journalist and I stumbled onto this story after reporting on a shooting at an airbnb party in a Sacramento suburb. We started looking into it more and found three separate incidents that occurred in the region within two months. We talked with experts and found that social media was a large contributor to the violence, as it brought strangers to the parties.
(Published on SacBee.com on July 28, 2019 and in print)
Note: I pitched this investigation after writing a series of articles about one particular problematic junkyard. During an interview for one of those stories, my source said “you know, it’s not just this junkyard that’s the problem.” That prompted me to dig deeper into the issue, and I found that all but four of the 40-plus junkyards had racked up several violations.
(Published in the Aug. 7, 2018 edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer and online)
Note: I collected and analyzed information from 60 different school districts in four counties and attended three school board meetings for this story. I found that taxes had been on the rise for the past 10 years and were forcing people out of their homes. The article garnered over 13,000 page views and nearly 50 comments on Philly.com, all about taxes.