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Business Insider

A sampling of my work for Business Insider.

Politics
24 hours on the campaign trail with the real protest candidate of 2016: Teenagers, children, parents, and grandparents have all come out to hear Evan McMullin make his case, days before Election Day, for why Utah voters should shun the two major-party candidates and cast a ballot for him.

Why a deep-red state is turning against the GOP: Voters across the reliably red state of Utah have lost faith in the Republican Party.

Republicans all seemed united around one thing at the convention, but it wasn’t Trump: One common theme emerged from the Republican National Convention this week — stopping Hillary Clinton.

Michael Flynn’s former colleagues describe him as volatile and ‘unbelievably arrogant’: When Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for national security adviser, was working at the highest levels of the military-intelligence field, he had a reputation as a brilliant tactician.

Military & Defense
Trump’s secretary of state pick has a plan for fighting ISIS that has the same fatal flaw as Obama’s strategy: President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state articulated his strategy for defeating ISIS in Syria — and it sounded very similar to what the Obama administration has been doing since the terror group established itself in the country. 

Inside the app that’s become ISIS’ biggest propaganda machine: On its latest app-of-choice, ISIS is constantly playing “whack-a-mole.”

‘It’s similar to North Korea’: Inside ISIS’s sophisticated strategy to brainwash people in the ‘caliphate’: Billboards, newsletters, radio stations, murals, big-screens, and pamphlets — ISIS inundates the residents of its territory with propaganda that has become nearly impossible to escape.

ISIS suddenly has a caliphate problem: The Islamic State militant group has recently released a barrage of propaganda videos targeting refugees and telling them to come join the “caliphate” instead of fleeing to “xenophobic” Europe.

The Columbus Dispatch

A sampling of my work from my internship with the Columbus Dispatch, the daily newspaper in the capital of Ohio.

Ohio’s youngest inmates have become its most dangerous: The most violent prisons in Ohio aren’t the maximum-security facilities or those housing Death Row inmates.They’re those holding teenagers.

Ohio Supreme Court: 2 incumbent justices sent packing by voters: Two sitting Ohio Supreme Court justices, one Republican and one Democrat, were unseated in yesterday’s election, marking the first time in recent history that two incumbents were removed from the state’s top court.

Leader of troubled youth prison is resigning: The head of a youth prison in Delaware County that has had a significant increase in inmate violence is resigning effective Oct. 5, eight months after she accepted the job.

Owners part with horses as hay prices soar: Danny Hall’s quarter horse, Flash, is more than just livestock. He’s a companion. But hay crops have not fared well during the dry, hot summer, and skyrocketing prices have compelled Hall to make a tough decision.

It’s Curiosity’s Turn: Latest, greatest NASA rover set to land on Mars, search for signs of life: NASA scientists will begin searching this week for evidence of what science fiction has imagined for a century: life on Mars. What they find has the potential to answer a philosophical question as old as man — are we alone?

Pediatricians see more mental-health cases: Pediatricians say they frequently are treating mental-health disorders in young patients, and some are uncomfortable with that role. Hospitals say they are working to better integrate mental-health training into residency programs, but for now, doctors often are expected to figure it out themselves.

Scripps Howard Foundation Wire

A sampling of my work from my fall 2011 internship with the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire in Washington, D.C.

Little improvement in federal departments granting open records requests: Bill Allison, editorial director of the Sunlight Foundation, has plenty of horror stories about open records requests filed with the federal government. (featured on Poynter.org)

MF Global CEO says he doesn’t know what happened to missing customer funds: Jon Corzine, former CEO of the failed investment firm MF Global, simply does not know what happened to about $1.2 billion in customer funds, he said at a House Committee on Agriculture hearing Thursday. (printed in San Angelo Standard-Times)

Pa. officials discuss fracking regulation at House subcommittee hearing: A Pennsylvania official appeared before a congressional subcommittee Wednesday to convince lawmakers of the state’s ability to regulate fracking without additional federal standards. (Ohio version printed in The Post in Athens, Ohio)

Supreme Court considers privacy rights in GPS tracking by police: The Supreme Court confronted Orwellian privacy issues Tuesday in a case many legal experts have cited as one of the most important this term. (printed in El Paso Inc.)

Plan for Everglades refuge pleases some, worries others: A dispute over what should happen to 150,000 acres of the northern Everglades pitted environmentalists and sports enthusiasts against each other at a House subcommittee hearing Thursday. (printed in Naples Daily News, Scripps Howard Treasure Coast newspapers)

Senator asks for more scrutiny of human trafficking grants: An Iowa senator is calling for action after audits revealed at least six recipients of grants to fight human trafficking made unauthorized expenditures and incurred questionable costs.

New York Observer

A sampling of my work from my summer 2011 internship covering real estate for the New York Observer.

Central Air in New York: the Ultimate Perk: Buying a place in a quaint prewar building without a good air-conditioning system might seem like a good idea in the spring, but come July when that heat wave hits, an un-air-conditioned unit can turn into your own personal hell.

The New Aloft Brooklyn: Your Freshman Dorm on Steroids (with slideshow): Trendy twenty-something travelers who are still hanging on to their college days will love the new, so-edgy-it’s-almost-painful Aloft hotel at 216 Duffield Street in downtown Brooklyn, which had its official opening last night.

Development Could Mean Harlem’s First Brewery Since Prohibition: A big-time private investment will bring two new commercial developments to a stretch of West 125th Street that could include the first brewery in Harlem since Prohibition.

Fresh Blood: Grand Central, Union Square Deals for Nonprofit: The New York Blood Center has closed two separate deals for office space near Grand Central Terminal and in Union Square.

New York City Office Space to Grow, But How Fast?: Those who are stubbornly optimistic about the return of the Manhattan office market might want to take a close look at this report from the New York Building Congress.

We Accidentally Check Out Boston Properties’ 510 Madison: Business seems to be moving along at 510 Madison, the luxury office building that developer Harry Macklowe traded to Mort Zuckerman’s Boston Properties last year. In addition to seeking major deals for multiple floors of office space, the building at Madison Avenue and 53rd Street is marketing to smaller tenants.

The Post

A sampling of my work since I began writing for The Post in January 2010:

Do not pass inspection: Moldy bathrooms, broken windows, damaged ceilings, rotting wood — those are just a few of the problems that plague rental-housing units in Athens. The Post reviewed the inspection reports for 221 rental units near Ohio University’s campus, and all but three have failed at least one code inspection since 2003. (to read the rest of the series, click here and here)

Keeping OU from toppling to the ground: Long-term insufficient funding from state capital bills coupled with a massive construction boom in the 1960s left Ohio University with a staggering deferred maintenance backlog that it is now struggling to address.

A Helping Hand: Lottridge food pantry offers the hungry a choice: With no job and no steady income, Tammy, a 34-year-old mother of three, was running out of options to feed her family.

Dollars for Diplomas: Breaking down the cost of tuition: Paying quarterly tuition and fees is routine for many Ohio University students, but not all of them know how their — or their parents’ — money is spent.

Uncertainty slows down Scripps move: Uncertainty surrounding the state’s capital budget bill is leaving some Ohio University construction projects, including renovations to the Old Baker Center, up in the air.

Reserves could stop tuition hike: Ohio University’s top financial official says one state senator’s suggestion that public universities should dip into reserve money to prevent increasing tuition is an implausible solution to university budget problems.

Kasich to bring bill to Ohio: The senator and state representative for Athens’ district are split about a bill that would bring the controversial Teach for America program to Ohio.

OU alumnus dies in Libyan conflict: A Pulitzer Prize-nominated Ohio University alumnus died during an attack in Libya, where the photojournalist was covering fighting between rebels and government forces.

Live blog of Gov. John Kasich’s budget town hall meeting

Hundreds of students protest funding cuts, SB5 (with video): About 250 people marched across campus chanting phrases such as “no ifs, no buts, no education cuts” this afternoon as part of an organized protest of budget cuts and Senate Bill 5.

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