Seeing and Meeting Montserrat

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Touring Kinloch (photos)

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Kinloch was Missouri’s first incorporated African American city in north St. Louis County. In the 80s the airport started buying up land to build a new runway, and the city lost more than 85 percent of its tax base. Today the city boundaries encompass less than one-square-mile. Most of the houses, churches, and businesses were … Continue reading

Revisiting Pinhook

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For my latest freelance project, I’m writing about Missouri’s disappearing black towns. This took me to the village of Pinhook, pop. 30 (2010). In 2011, the town was destroyed when the Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breached the Bird’s Point Levee to save Cairo, Ill., from flooding. I first visited Pinhook in 2011 in the … Continue reading

Jan. 5, 2013 Blizzard

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A trip to Iowa, and a grand social media experiment

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I had the pleasure of riding along with a unique group of people to Iowa this past weekend. Scott Emanuel and Ed Reggi of St. Louis organize busses for LGBT couples in the St. Louis area to make the trip to Iowa to get married. They have organized 14 busses and married 150 couples since … Continue reading

Eid Mubarak: Photographing an ancient tradition

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Eid Mubarak — I’m posting this on the evening of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha. For my internship at ColumbiaFAVS, I joined a Muslim family as they drove to Tebbetts, Mo., to perform the traditional sacrifice of a goat.¬†You can read more about the theological tradition here. Here’s the final audio postcard that aired on … Continue reading