Co-published with The New York Times. Whatever happened to the "gangbanger"?
Co-published with CityLab. An open data project sought to battle tax foreclosures by arming residents with information. It may have empowered property speculators more than anyone.
Co-published with CityLab. Usually, the public benefits of gambling deteriorate over time. But many American cities still pin their economic hopes on casinos.
This story originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of Oxford American with support from EHRP. What an unsolved double murder in Kentucky reveals about America’s military-industrial complex.
Co-published with Cosmopolitan. As Kayla Jones, 28, kisses her 2-year-old daughter, Lola, good-bye this morning, she doesn’t know if she’ll spend the day working with women who are joyfully welcoming or somberly ending their pregnancies.
This story originally appeared in The New York Times with support from EHRP. Melissa Bunni Elian captured the lives of two families in Yonkers, one in an affluent area and the other in the city’s gritty southwest section.
Co-published with Fusion. This is revolutionary: Trying to take control of a city council in a small town and then give the power to people.
Co-published with CNN's Great Big Story. Nineteen-year-old Briana Shields has lived much of her life in her sister Claressa’s shadow. Given the fact that her sister is boxer Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, an Olympic gold medalist, that makes sense.
Co-published with BuzzFeed. A group of volunteers has been working to reclaim two neglected Virginia cemeteries from nature’s grasp.
There Goes the Neighborhood - Episode 9. Co-published with WNYC Studios and The Nation. The team behind There Goes the Neighborhood talks about what they've learned, and the way forward in a post-gentrified Brooklyn.
There Goes the Neighborhood - Episode 7. Co-published with WNYC Studios and The Nation. Some Brooklynites are wrestling with their own role in gentrification. Changes may be welcomed, but they come with mixed emotions for many.
There Goes the Neighborhood - Episode 6. Co-published with WNYC Studios and The Nation. In the fast moving world of Brooklyn real estate, for some it feels more like the Wild West – developers and investors looking to cash in on the gold rush don't always play by the rules.
There Goes the Neighborhood - Episode 4. Co-published with WNYC Studios and The Nation. Mayor de Blasio's plan to rezone East New York is his way of controlling the gentrification machine -- so what does the zoning plan actually look like?
There Goes the Neighborhood - Episode 3. Co-published with WNYC Studios and The Nation. What did East New York look like before Mayor de Blasio declared it the neighborhood where the city's future begins?
There Goes the Neighborhood - Episode 2. Co-published with WNYC Studios and The Nation. Since the late 1960s, outsiders have known East New York for its low median income and high crime rates. But 120,000 people call it home.
There Goes the Neighborhood - Episode 1. Co-published with WNYC Studios and The Nation. Gentrification is something everyone is talking about, but what is it? When a neighborhood changes, how does it happen and why? And who decides? This new podcast takes an in-depth look at the gentrification of Brooklyn, and the role race plays in the process.
Co-published with Salon. For those who know how to navigate L.A.’s Skid Row, it can provide community — but crackdowns have made life even harder.
Co-published with Rolling Stone. I visited the area in Oregon where armed white militants took over a wildlife refuge, and I felt like a sitting black duck.
Co-published with Fast Company Co.EXIST. Portsmouth, Ohio, is a small Rust Belt city ravaged by job loss and economic stagnation. Over time, prescription painkillers replaced the American Dream. When even the pills became too expensive, heroin replaced everything.
Co-published with The New York Times. Puerto Rico's growing debt is causing the population to migrate en masse in search of better opportunities. But what about those who can't leave?
Co-published with Discovery's Seeker Network. At the height of its popularity in the fifties, tourists flocked to Niagara, New York, to visit one of the world's natural wonders. Today, the city has become the poster child for urban decay.
Co-published with MSNBC with support from Magnum Foundation and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Matt Black traveled around the United States documenting impoverished communities in more than 70 cities.
Co-published with The New York Times. Joseph Rodriguez, a Puerto Rican from Brooklyn, documents the lives of families in conflict in the place of his ancestors.
Co-published with The Daily Beast. Brennan Cavanaugh documents indicators of economic hardship in Flint, Michigan and The Bronx, New York in this photo series.
Co-published with VICE. Buying a car and actually owning it in the eyes of the law are not the same thing. Some Americans are finding that out the hard way.
Co-published with Alternet. White supremacy systematically creates poverty with one hand while violently punishing it with the other.
Co-published with Longreads. Nearly nine out of ten cops are men. Sarah Smarsh discusses the police force’s gender problem and a Wichita woman’s efforts inside the criminal justice system that failed her.
Co-published with The Guardian. Municipal coffers are being filled by fining those who can least afford it. If fees were tied to wealth, that calculus would shift.
Co-published with the New Republic. Cataloguing the makeshift memorials for the victims of New York City's gun violence.
Co-published with The New Yorker. A project in Oakland hopes to do something remarkable: build a co-op agricultural network owned and run by the formerly incarcerated.
Co-published with Fusion. Anna Stubblefield was convicted of raping her disabled student. I have a problem with that.
Co-published with The Atlantic. Courts are hitting students with harsh penalties and collecting millions of dollars in fines. But are they addressing the real problems?
Co-published with Reuters. Today, the process of a movement or a person going from outsider to insider, which once took years or even decades, happens in a matter of months.
Co-published with The Baffler. Anti-smoking legislation is, and always has been, about social control.
Co-Published with Lenny Letter. How becoming a single mom in a depressed town helped one woman let go of perfection.
Co-published with The Guardian. How American journalists should organize and fight in such a climate is a long and uncertain discussion. But they will fight a losing battle without the trust and support of the American public.
Co-published with Narratively. In Richmond, Virginia, an overgrown cemetery had become a dreary dumpsite. Now a crew of volunteers is making sure these bygone lives don’t get lost to history.
This story originally appeared in The New York Times with support from EHRP. Minimalism is a virtue only when it’s a choice...For people who are not so well off, the idea of opting to have even less is not really an option.
Co-published with Oxford American. Elyssa East grapples with the dichotomous legacies left by her family in Kentucky's coal country.
Published by The Cut. Maisie Crow's Jackson tells the story of the lack of abortion access in Mississippi, revisiting the only remaining clinic in the state which was the focus of her Emmy-nominated film The Last Clinic. Produced by Alissa Quart and Barbara Ehrenreich of EHRP.
Co-published with The New York Times Magazine. In 1975, 10 women filed a class-action lawsuit claiming that a Los Angeles medical center was systematically sterilizing Spanish-speaking mothers.
Co-published with The Cut. Why are universities so unfriendly to single moms?
Co-published with TIME. Public schools in wealthy Manhattan neighborhoods are pitching in so that low-income students can have the same level of resources as they do.
Co-published with TIME. The U.S. should focus on training programs for students, not profits.
Co-published with The Atlantic with additional support from Capital & Main. When it comes to schoolwork, there is a chasm separating students with parents who have predictable work schedules from those whose parents don’t.
Co-published with Medium. Teaching in challenging environments isn't easy, and good intentions aren't enough.
Co-published with Vogue. Student debt in the US has become a national crisis. But there's only one way to eliminate it for good.
Co-published with The Atlantic. Urban school systems are now so confusing—and so unequal—that parents are hiring private experts to help them figure out where to send their kids.
Co-published with The New York Times. What the controversial educational initiative looks like for low-income students and parents in the shadow of Silicon Valley.
Co-published with Pacific Standard. With 75 percent of the academic workforce precariously employed,
adjuncts on the edge are raising money—for themselves.
Co-published with The Nation. How evangelical Christians are taking advantage of publicly funded spaces.
Co-published with Elle. Like hundreds of thousands of others with advanced educations, Brianne Bolin barely makes enough to feed herself and her son.
Co-published with The Atlantic. Leila Yusuf is an immigrant who fled to the United States 19 years ago, during the civil war in Somalia. She’s 37 years old, has three children, and works as a shuttle bus driver in Washington, 20 miles south of Seattle. She longs for a “better job, better life” where she can make more than the minimum wage.
Co-published with The Atlantic. The new version of the exam has tougher questions and a higher registration fee--plus it requires computer proficiency.
Co-published with Alternet. A living-wage campaign has been pressing the University of Virginia’s overpaid administrators to treat its workers better for the past 14 years.
Co-published with TIME. Opponents of the current Medicaid program may look at the dollars only and not the human beings behind them.
Co-published with Refinery29. How one family stays together when President Trump's Muslim Ban is keeping them apart.
Co-published with Cosmopolitan. When Erica's twin sisters were adopted, she thought she'd still see them regularly. She was wrong.
Co-Published with the Virginia Quarterly Review. If faith fosters separateness, how do you navigate healthcare for your children? A #VQRTrueStory essay.
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Co-published with The Guardian with additional support from Capital & Main. The apps and robots celebrated by Silicon Valley wunderkinds are helping to make previously white-collar lives ever more precarious.
Co-published with Jezebel. (Excerpt) The majority of child support debt is owed by parents making less than $10,000.
Co-published with AlterNet. Conservative lawmakers are making it harder for the hungry to feed themselves.
Co-published with National Geographic. Matt Eich has been photographing the Sellers, a low-income family with two deaf children, for ten years. As they've grown closer, Matt has been given intimate access to the Sellers' lives.
Co-published with Feature Shoot. This apocalyptic photo series explores the bleak, desperate circumstances that many American children face.
Co-published with AlterNet. I use food stamps. That doesn't mean you get to create a cruel Facebook meme about me.
Co-published with NBC News. Child advocates say that foster youth are particularly vulnerable to identity theft because they bounce from one home to another, giving an expanding group of adults access to their private information.
Co-published with The New York Times. Increasingly, even middle- and upper-class parents are finding that day care is nearly impossible to afford.
Co-published with CNN. Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" venture is being rightly attacked for all the wrong reasons. What's been missed is a real opportunity that Sandberg's proposal unintentionally spotlights: the opportunity to talk honestly about feminism and class.
Co-published with Mother Jones. Nearly 1.4 million American households live on $2 per person. Gabriel Thompson reports from one of the nation's poorest areas.
Co-published with VICE. Doctors are already getting spooked out of prescribing painkillers, and new rules could make life in some of America's struggling communities even worse.
Film by Maisie Crow. Premiered at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and the LA Film Festival. Maisie Crow expands on her Emmy-nominated documentary The Last Clinic, revisiting the last remaining abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi.
Co-published with PBS NewsHour with additional support from the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. In Florida, one of the nation’s largest waterways is in danger as septic tanks are disrupting the fragile ecosystem of the state’s Indian River Lagoon.
Co-published with Vox. She's been in and out of shelters and rehabs. I can’t fix her. But she also can’t fix herself.
Co-published with The Verge. No, Native Americans are not biologically more likely to become alcoholics. What's really to blame? Poverty, trauma, and colonialism itself.
Co-published with the The New York Observer. Advocates for overweight Americans see wellness programs as thinly veiled fat discrimination.
Co-published with Alternet. When mental health professionals misdiagnose their patients, the treatment can be more dangerous than the original condition.
Co-published with The Atlantic. Darryl Lorenzo Wellington reports on the multi-billion dollar plasma donation industry, including his own experience “plassing” for cash.
Co-published with Huffington Post. The national student loan crisis has reached a critical level, and the pressure of massive debt is causing current and former students to take their own lives.
Co-published with Bill Moyers & Company. For hundreds of families, home is a car in a quiet parking lot.
Co-published with Refinery29. An intimate look at life in this "hidden gem" within New York City, through the eyes of the young women who live there.
Co-published with The Nation. For hundreds of families, home is a car in a quiet parking lot.
Co-published with The Intercept. These are the people Donald Trump wants to have running our economy.
Co-published with The Establishment. After being heavily governed your whole life—told when to eat, when to sleep, when to come home—you’re suddenly set free to make your own choices. There is no other stop after foster care if you screw up—except for the emergency homeless shelter.
Co-published with The Advocate. The LGBT men and women who helped establish the modern identities of cities like San Francisco and Philadelphia are getting pushed out.
Co-published with California Sunday. Forty-eight percent of San Francisco’s homeless youth are LGBTQ. Many find their way to the city’s largest youth homeless shelter.
Co-published with AlterNet. For the creative class, living in the cities that advance their aspirations means accepting a Faustian bargain.