Reporting locally, thinking globally

I love it when my local reporting for The Observer here in Jefferson County, West Virginia links to larger national (or international) issues. That’s what happened when I dug deeply into animal cruelty charges against a local farmer last year. Danny Rohrer had been a cornerstone of our weekly farmers’ market for more than a decade, and our community was stunned when sensational headlines about allegedly starving animals flashed across regional media outlets. My reporting led to a feature Read more [...]
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The Observer moves forward

The Observer’s new editor and publisher Michael Chalmers revamped the magazine’s look this month, both online and in print.  And I’m thrilled to be a part of it.  I’ve been contributing to The Observer as a feature writer regularly for more than two years (and intermittently before that), focusing on land use, historic preservation and related issues in and around Jefferson County, West Virginia.  Mike’s combination of energy and ambition already has expanded The Observer’s focus into Read more [...]
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