Chardon, Ohio

Six years after a mass shooting at the local High School, Libby Copeland visits with survivors and observes various ways they live and cope with lasting trauma.

Source: Esquire
Published: Nov 18, 2018
Length: 24 minutes (6,115 words)

Kate’s Still Here

In an incredibly moving feature, journalist Libby Copeland spends time with a couple in their 60s, Kate and Deloy Oberlin, as they very consciously prepare for Kate’s death from metastatic breast cancer, and again in the aftermath of her passing. Deloy honors his wife’s wishes that once she’s gone, for three days while her body is chilled with dry ice and frozen water bottles, a gathering his held where family and friends can visit with her body. Afterward, also per her wishes, he delivers her body to a site where it is composted as part of a study in “green” burial.

Source: Esquire
Published: Nov 14, 2017
Length: 18 minutes (4,723 words)

Who Was She? A DNA Test Only Opened New Mysteries

For most of her life, Alice Collins Plebuch believed she was the daughter of Irish Americans. A DNA test upended everything she thought she knew about her family history.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Jul 27, 2017
Length: 24 minutes (6,000 words)

Our Messed-Up Relationship with Food Has a Long History. It Started With Butter.

Our on-again, off-again, on-again relationship with the holy (yes, holy) fat.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Mar 21, 2017
Length: 8 minutes (2,142 words)

A Back-Aching, Coffee-Guzzling, Minivan-Driving Classic Rocker

A profile of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Jun 26, 2015
Length: 9 minutes (2,456 words)

The Death Doulas

A hundred years ago, dying in America was a far more intimate experience. A look at how the realities of death became so distant and industrialized, and the small group of women who are fighting to reconnect us to the process of dying.

Published: Jun 24, 2015
Length: 24 minutes (6,050 words)