July was dominated by wildfire. First, I spent time in Riggins, Idaho to report on the risk of wildfire in the small community. It was part of a larger USA Today Network project. Then I covered the impact of the Milepost 97 Fire in southern Oregon.
Sikh Parade at StatesmanJournal.com
I tried something a little different for the Awesome 3000 this year. By my count, there are 342 individual kids in this video. I’m happy that it turned out so fun and light, even with all the people involved. For more from the Statesman Journal’s coverage of the Awesome 3000, go here.
Tents and other belongings are under water at a homeless camp as Wallace Marine Park floods near the Willamette River in West Salem on April 9, 2019. See it on the Statesman Journal.
This story is incredibly heartbreaking, but incredibly important. I cried during the interview and again while editing the video. Thank you Ginger for being so strong and open with us during your family’s tragedy.
“What I want the most is to raise awareness so this doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
You can read the whole story here.
This is a story I’ve wanted to tell for a long time. So glad we got the chance now. The Statesman Journal has the full story.
August brought a large installment of homeless stories from the Statesman Journal. I was able to shoot photos and video for all of the three main segments (here, here and here). I think as a newsroom we are gaining the trust of homeless advocates and those they help in Salem. It seems like we are getting a lot more open and vulnerable interviews and visuals the longer we work on stories of homelessness in our community. It is a wonderful feeling. August, of course, also means the fair and back-to-school. Also, I included a couple of shots from our vacation to Crater Lake National Park.
Jack Schumacher, at age 14, died of a rare bone cancer and was possibly another victim of a West Salem osteosarcoma cluster. ANNA REED / Statesman Journal
March was a great month. The Statesman Journal published some meaningful stories surrounding sexual abuse at a local church and families facing homelessness. It was so nice to feel like we are doing real watchdog journalism. Riding in a fire engine ladder and getting splattered with neon paint was just a fun bonus.
Kim Kinney’s longtime partner died by suicide in 2015. To treasure his memory, she walks in the Out of the Darkness walk for suicide awareness and prevention.
September is for football/fútbol.
The summer has sped by. In May, a reporter and I out went out to the Oregon Coast for three days to learn how the recreational marijuana industry is affecting the already booming tourism industry. The video I made is above. The complete story, along with other USA Today recreational marijuana stories, can be seen here. The full series was published all across the country on July 31.
Otherwise, the Statesman Journal Sports Awards and vacation (imagine that) took up most of my time in June. July was back to normal. We’ll see how August and the total solar eclipse that is passing over Oregon goes. I’ll be back out at the coast to cover the hordes of people expected to descend upon Oregon.