Journalist of the Year Portfolio


United we stand

When The Dallas Morning News directly connected our school with alumnus and "alt-right" architect Richard Spencer '97, we knew we had to respond. Incorporating many different perspectives from around the community and covering his graduation class's large fundraising campaign in an act of repudiation, we shaped this in-depth cover package for our community.

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Trial by fire

After the events in Charlottesville, Virginia Aug. 11-12, I immediately knew we would need to localize the situation and its impact to our community. To do this, we hosted a round-table discussion among various school leaders in attempt to narrow the implications of Charlottesville to our campus.

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Fading away

When I heard a friend of mine articulate the impact his grandmother's Alzheimer's disease has had on his life, I quickly noticed the significance of the family dynamic in this growing disease. We were sure to capture the depth of this issue with a variety of interviews and experiences for this in-depth, long-form cover package.

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The revolution has begun

The fourth industrial revolution — characterized by the creation of technology that blurs the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres — is currently underway. At the time of this story's release, many of our community members had never heard of this, while some students and alumni were the innovators driving this revolution.

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I'm right

When then presidential candidate Donald Trump made a statement about wanting to “punch” a rally protester in the face, we decided to localize this by analyzing how we debate at the school — and how we handle conversations with people we disagree with. To capture this angle, I organized an informal debate between two upperclassman with radically different views to see how the dialogue progressed.

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Plans for the future

After a world-renowned architect was hired to design the new Winn Family Science Building, I was given the opportunity to speak with the architects, reveal their design plans to the community and cover the school history relevant to understanding our future.

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From Henderson to Greenville

Currently in charge of Andres Properties, Marc Andres ’78 and Roger Andres ’77 were responsible for the recent emergence of Henderson Ave. in East Dallas as a cultural hub for the city. This story was included as a story in the February 2016 Focus Magazine on Dallas's future and showed how the brothers continue to actualize their years-old vision for the properties they own.

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