THE POVERTY PUZZLE: ECONOMIC MOBILITY


Chattanooga, Tenn. has one of the worst rates of economic mobility in the country. Despite the growing rates of tourism, tech and outdoor recreation that delivered the city Outside Magazine's "Best Town Ever" honor, more than half its households live on less than $35,000 a year. 

 

Produced with Mary Helen Montgomery.

 

 

SUPPORT FROM THE SIDELINES


Supporters share their hopes for their loved ones in the race, as more than 2,000 athletes compete in Chattanooga's second Ironman on September 27, 2015.

 

Produced with Mary Helen Montgomery.

 

 

THE ART OF FACE PAINTING 

 

Signal Mountain High student Sophie Stark makes incredible works of art – on her own face.  The high school senior says her craft has provided an outlet for her creativity and her personal voice. 

 

 

 

SAME LOVE, DIFFERENT DANCE

 

This Valentine's Day, the Nooga Diversity Center held a Same Love Diversity Dance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Chattanoogans who were unable or unsafe to attend school dances. For couple Andy and Jessica, the dance meant second chances.

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SURVIVING AFTER SUPERIOR CREEK

 

After an extended-stay motel in East Ridge, Tenn., was condemned, 300 families immediately lost their homes. Neighbors were forced to join together to pool what little they had. 

 

Produced with Mary Helen Montgomery. 

 

 

WITH THE NEEDLE'S HELP, SHE HOPES TO REMEMBER FOREVER


When her son Tanner died, Rita Stonecipher says a part of her did too. But her tattoo of his face is more than a tribute. She's hoping it will help her remember Tanner as she loses him again to her early-onset Alzheimer's Disease.

 

 

TANNER WILSON PRISON MURAL


Atlanta muralist Tanner Wilson is known for his clean lines and powerful depictions of abstract, female faces. This project was for his website. 



Shot with Dustin T. Chambers

 

 

CHATTANOOGA STRONG: A CITY MOURNS, A CITY HEALS

 

After a gunman killed five servicemen in Chattanooga on July 16, 2015, the community came together. This project features voicemails from around the country answering the question "What message do you have for Chattanooga?" overlaid with video of community gatherings.

This video won an EPPY for "Best Use of Social Media/Crowd Sourcing for newspapers with under 1 million unique monthly visitors."

 

Produced with Mary Helen Montgomery. 

 

 

SMALL TOWN SECURITY

 

In Lyerly, Ga., a town of 500 people, security guard John Jones is the first line of defense. Jones, 76, drives the streets three nights a week, looking for trouble. 

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SNOWNOOGA

 

Snow started to fall around 5 p.m. Wednesday night in Chattanooga and by 5:10 it was already on Instagram. Using social media, we solicited audience submissions  to edit with staff footage for a comprehensive look at what six to eight inches of powder looked like for our city.

I simultaneously piloted user contributions on the Times Free Press Instagram account during #snownooga. Posting involved attention to image diversity, balancing the amount of staff versus user photos and managing user permissions. In that span of time our account gained 1,000 followers and pushed a significant number of views to the live coverage we promoted in photo captions.

Produced with Mary Helen Montgomery

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WHAT DOES MLK DAY MEAN TO YOU? 

 

What does Martin Luther King Day service look like and why are you here today to do it? This video pulls together different volunteer projects from multiple nonprofits in Chattanooga for a coherent answer to those questions. 

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THROUGH RAIN, SLEET, SNOW AND HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY

 

For half a century, Dennis Holland has delivered Chattanooga's magazines, online shopping orders and love letters. He's retiring from his quiet neighborhood route, but not before a couple more rounds. 

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