The State Journal-Register

SJ-R Special Report: Municipal Pension Problems – Rising costs squeezing city budgets – June 29, 2014


Council scorecard – How active is your alderman? – May 11, 2014


Bringing down the house – City has issued permits to tear down more than 200 blighted properties – April 1, 2014


Interactive map: Springfield building demolitions

Gaming gold rush – 81 Springfield establishments have video gambling machinesFeb. 3, 2014


Interactive map: Springfield’s video gaming establishments

Follow-up: Proposal may stop spread of gaming parlors in SpringfieldApril 15, 2014

Follow-up: Springfield City Council to discuss video gambling restrictionsApril 28, 2014

Follow-up: Springfield aldermen approve video gambling restrictionsMay 7, 2014

Police chief, city attorney step down amid shredding controversyJuly 20, 2013


Follow-up: With legal battles ongoing, Christian sets sights on public officeJuly 28, 2013

Area bridges show age July 8, 2013


Interactive map: Deficient bridges in central Illinois

Louisiana Life

July-August 2012

A Louisiana Life: Wendell Pierce

Chicago magazine

December 2010

40 Reasons to Love Chicago: Because everybody knows somebody who knows the president

This piece, written with Christopher Benson, appeared in the magazine’s 40th anniversary issue.

St. Anthony Messenger

April 2011

Marcus Slavenas: A Lost Vet Finds the Church

Illinois Alumni magazine

Winter 2011

Let Their Voices Be Heard

Fall 2011

A Sporting Chance

Summer 2011

Blue Waters: More Than A Name


Radio Head

Spring 2011

A Rare Pair

Winter 2010

Digging for Gold

Fall 2010

Hunting For History


Button Up For Homecoming

This two-part series won the 2010 Marian and Barney Brody Creative Feature Article Writing Award from the University of Illinois Department of Journalism. It was accompanied by a multimedia project, which can be viewed here.

Part 1: An alternative to the elementsDec. 20, 2009

Part 2: Designs on the future – Dec. 21, 2009

Follow-up: Safe Haven residents seek other options – Oct. 25, 2010

This project is a collaboration between CU-CitizenAccess and Illinois Public Media. In addition to the online story, a broadcast version aired on Illinois Public Media’s WILL-AM 580.

Bed Check: The condition of East Central Illinois nursing homes – Dec. 5, 2011

Radio story: Champaign County nursing homes get low marks – Dec. 5, 2011

This story is also a collaboration among University of Illinois journalism students, CU-CitizenAccess and Illinois Public Media. In addition to the online story, a broadcast version aired on Illinois Public Media’s WILL-AM 580.

Champaign County restaurants fail inspections but public never told – Sept. 12, 2011

Radio story: Eatery inspection reports are tough to get – Sept. 12, 2011

Follow-up: County Board of Health delays publication of inspection reports – Sept. 20, 2011

Follow-up: New records show more restaurant inspection failures – Oct. 27, 2011

Rural poverty presents unique challenges – July 1, 2011

Interactive map: Champaign County income levels by township – July 1, 2011

Radio story: Getting rural residents where they need to be – July 1, 2011

Shadow Wood: A changing neighborhood – April 20, 2011

Sidebar: Shadow Wood: Longtime residents happy with their neighborhood – April 20, 2011

Interactive map: Changes in Champaign County’s Hispanic population 2000-2010 – April 20, 2011

A Spanish version of this story appeared in Hoy: Shadow Wood: un barrio que cambia – June 6, 2011 (Translation by Hoy staff)

Neighbors threaten lawsuit in campaign against toxic site – Feb. 11, 2011

Neighbors, environment experts discuss former toxic site – Oct. 6, 2010

Toxic site neighbors still worried over health hazards – Oct. 1, 2010

Payday lenders find profitable market in Champaign-Urbana – Oct. 22, 2010

Sidebar: Credit unions offer alternative to costly payday loans – Oct. 22, 2010

Interactive map: Payday lenders in Champaign-Urbana – Oct. 18, 2010

Local police departments continue to deny open records requests – June 7, 2010

Lack of refuge from winter may leave homeless out in cold – Dec. 8, 2009