- Directories of Doctors Who Treat the Poor Are Inaccurate, Hurting Access: This story revealed that doctor directories given to people in California’s low-income health program were highly inaccurate. It spurred a state audit and legislation.
- Fracking the Poor: Oil wells are disproportionately located near California’s low-income people of color. How is this affecting them? I received a grant from the Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting to write this story, which ran on the cover of In These Times.
- Falling Through the Cracks: Thousands of Low-Income Residents May Have Lost Health Coverage: About 24,000 low-income Californians who had insurance were dumped from their government health plan and left to fend for themselves on the exchange.
- Oak Knoll Firefight: ‘Get out! Get out!‘: An account of the worst residential fire in at least a century in Ashland, Ore., and how four quick-thinking city employees saved all the residents on a block. This story was the first in a three-part series that won the 2011 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s first-place award for Best Enterprise Reporting.
- I received a 2014 Mental Health Fellowship through the Maynard Institute and wrote about how indigenous farmworkers have little access to mental health services. I appeared on the Southern California public radio show Which Way L.A. with Warren Olney on KCRW to talk about the story.
- Dying for Answers: Del Norte County Has Worst Domestic Violence Rate in CA: Rates of domestic violence here, in California’s most northwestern county, are by far the highest in the state. Treatment providers in Del Norte, as well as those who support them statewide, are trying to figure out how things have gotten so bad.
Mixtecs face severe hardships as they toil in shadows: Health care and housing access for farmworkers are hindered by language and cultural differences. I wrote this story while participating in a 2013 California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship, a program of USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism.
- Latino Shift: Health for a new and diverse generation: A story on the health challenges faced by Mixtec immigrants in California. I wrote this story while participating in a 2013 California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship, a program of USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism.
- Mothers battling insurers for breast pumps, despite new law: A number of California nursing mothers who have had their requests for a breast pump denied by their insurance companies, despite the Affordable Care Act.
- A dangerous complication: Domestic violence in pregnancy: The new Affordable Care Act provisions for domestic violence victims are a good start but don’t go far enough, advocates say.
- Extended foster care aims to reduce homelessness: For the first time, California foster children who turn 18 can stay in the system for three more years, giving them a chance to learn life skills before setting out on their own.
- Fracking Threatens Condor Sanctuary: Expanding fracking in a California condor sanctuary could kill an endangered species we’ve worked hard–and spent millions–to save.
- Residents Ask State to Widen Fracking Review: The strawberry fieldworkers in the Oxnard Plain have been watching the trucks rumble in for years. One after another, tankers dump their loads behind the gated facility.
- Dirty Water? Offshore Fracking Reports Alarm Activists: Oil platforms have long been a familiar presence off Southern California’s coast, but until recently, federal and state officials didn’t know the offshore rigs were doing more than traditional drilling. They didn’t know they were fracking.
- After six decades of fracking, regulation considered: Some 60 years after hydraulic fracturing began at Sespe field in Fillmore, state officials are trying to decide whether to tighten rules on “fracking.”
- Descendent of farm workers wants to “Eat Less Water”: Florencia Ramirez hopes the next food movement isn’t actually about food.
- Between the law and a homeless place: A feature on homeless residents in Ashland, Ore. who were fighting the city for a legal place to sleep. This story won the 2011 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s first-place award for Best Lifestyle Coverage. It also ran with this sidebar, a day-in-the-life story on homelessness.
- Oxnard City Council to step into food truck battle: A story on the city-wide feud between food truck vendors and restaurant owners.
- Building a university: How an abandoned state psychiatric hospital became CSU Channel Islands.
Ventura school board votes always the same: unanimous: The board governing Ventura schools voted unanimously to approve every proposal submitted by district staffers over the course of a year.
- Ten years after: Reflections on my high school reunion and life in general.
Thank you to all of the editors, fellow reporters and — most importantly — sources who have helped with these articles. I’ve learned from every story.