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Aurora Theater Shooting

[Breaking News Reporting 2013] "Police received multiple calls about the shooting which left 12 dead and wounded 58 beginning at 12:39 a.m. and arrived within two minutes at the complex, 14300 E. Alameda Ave."

Coverage from the first 72 hours can be found here.

Speeding Cops

[Public Service Reporting 2013] "We've all seen it, and now there's documented proof. Cops drive fast -- really fast, and not just in emergencies.

"Their SunPass records provided the evidence. The Sun Sentinel got ahold of them, hit the highways with a GPS and figured out how fast they were driving based on the distance and time it took to go from one toll location to the next. The investigation took three months and found nearly 800 cops from 12 police agencies driving 90 to 130 mph during the past year."

The iEconomy

[Explanatory Reporting 2013] Articles in this series examine challenges posed by increasingly globalized high-tech industries.

The Dilbert Disaster Series

[National Reporting 2013] "...a project that began with a seven-month investigation into the million-gallon spill of Canadian tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River in 2010. It broadened into an examination of national pipeline safety issues, and how unprepared the nation is for the impending flood of imports of a more corrosive and more dangerous form of oil."

Billions in Hidden Riches for Family of Chinese Leader

[International Reporting 2013] "The mother of China’s prime minister was a schoolteacher in northern China. His father was ordered to tend pigs in one of Mao’s political campaigns. And during childhood, 'my family was extremely poor,' the prime minister, Wen Jiabao, said in a speech last year.

"But now 90, the prime minister’s mother, Yang Zhiyun, not only left poverty behind, she became outright rich, at least on paper, according to corporate and regulatory records. Just one investment in her name, in a large Chinese financial services company, had a value of $120 million five years ago, the records show."
PUBLISHED: Oct. 25, 2012
LENGTH: 19 minutes (4872 words)

Philip Kennicott

[Criticism 2013] "Philip Kennicott, 47, won the award — considered journalism’s highest honor — for articles assessing a photographic exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery, an architect’s work at the National Building Museum and an essay on graphic and violent photographic images, among others."

Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek

[Feature Writing 2013] The story of 16 world-class skiers and snowboarders who decided to go skiing together in Washington's Cascades in February 2012, and what happened to them when an avalanche hit. This six-part series uses interviews, photos, videos and simulations to reconstruct the day:

"'Just as I had the thought about what I’m going to do, wondering if it was going to bury me, that’s right when I could feel it,' Castillo said. 'It was like a wave. Like when you’re in the ocean and the tide moves away from you. You’re getting thrashed and you feel it pull out and you’re like, O.K., I can stand up now.'

"Castillo saw daylight again. His camera captured snow sliding past his legs for another 13 seconds. The forest sounded as if it were full of sickly frogs. It was the trees, scrubbed of their fresh snow, still swaying and creaking around him.

"Castillo turned to look back up the hill.

"'Where there were three people, there was nobody,' Castillo said."
PUBLISHED: Dec. 21, 2012
LENGTH: 70 minutes (17639 words)

The Orphan Master's Son

[Fiction winner, 2013] "A young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea." (Amazon link)
PUBLISHED: April 15, 2013

Asleep at Day Care and in Deadly Peril

[Local Reporting, 2013] On the rise in infant deaths from poorly regulated child-care facilities:

"Robert Fletcher vividly remembers the call that changed his family forever.

"It was a May morning four years ago -- just a few hours after his wife, Amanda, had dropped off their infant son for his second day at a new day care. Now Amanda was on the phone, sobbing hysterically, with the news that Blake was dead.

"Their child-care provider had placed Blake facedown in a playpen at her home for his nap -- a violation of safety training -- and then had checked him only once or twice over a period of 2 1/2 hours. When medics arrived, the 3-month-old baby had been lifeless for some time.

"'His face imprints were left in that playpen,'' Fletcher recalls. 'He basically didn't have a chance.''"
PUBLISHED: April 15, 2013
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2463 words)