Over the past year, I have written hundreds of stories for WYDaily but some of them stand out in my memory more than others.
Here are the stories that changed my perspective, made an impact on the local area and gave me a look into human nature.
1. Racial diversity in educational leadership
As a former student in the Williamsburg-James City County school system, I found it both discouraging and important to report on the lack of racial diversity in the division’s leadership. During my reporting, I was able to speak to other former students who provided a new look into the ways diversity and education can impact learning. READ MORE.
2. Colonial Williamsburg’s changing workforce
In reporting this story, I was able to sit down with one of the most interesting women I’ve ever met, Edith “Cookie” Heard. Over just one lunch, she told me about decades of change at Colonial Williamsburg from a minority perspective and even gave me a new outlook on life. READ MORE.
3. Colonial Williamsburg breaks the rules
While Colonial Williamsburg is the staple of the local historic area, in this story I was able to learn the ways in which a foundation can create chaos and heartache for other locals. READ MORE.
4. LGBTQ Community Resources
In this story, I learned about the ways in which the Williamsburg community is not as progressive as I might’ve previously hoped. Through my reporting, I was able to learn from and inspire people in the local LGBTQ community to start making a change and provide greater resources. READ MORE.
5. Finding acceptance after death
I spoke with a mother who had lost a son in Baghdad 12 years ago. Despite the loss still being difficult for her everyday, she has worked to overcome her grief and even started a support group in Hampton Roads for others going through a similar experience. READ MORE.