All the Crazy Things America’s Corrupt Public Officials Bought with Your Money This Year — Observer
December 31, 2018
To kick off 2019 in proper fashion, I wrote a rundown of the most shameless political spending schemes exposed last year. Needless to say, they were... ridiculous. From Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s $100,000 taxpayer-funded extra-marital affair to Ben Carson’s exceptionally expensive taste in dining decor to the Air Force’s embarrassing affinity for high-end drinking vessels and $14,000 toilet seats, scandals were exposed at every level of government and on both ends of the political spectrum in 2018 — proving once again that in a democracy, the people get the government they deserve.
The Next Step for Sekrit Theater — Austin Monthly Magazine
December 1, 2018
For years, Beau Reichert’s Sekrit Theater—a creative refuge known for its wild mix of art installations, experimental architecture, and a massive backyard movie theater—has been a staple in the Austin art community and a gathering spot for tourists. But as new development (and new people) moved into lots adjacent to the theater, the urban event space became a lightning rod for criticism and zoning complaints. It was more than Reichert, who created the space as a therapeutic outlet for his Asperger’s Syndrome, could handle. I sat down with the artist to discuss his lengthy battle with the city and his neighbors and his recent decision to switch things up and make Sekrit Theater ground zero for a sustainable community unlike any other.
How the Great American Road Trip Helped Me Deal With My Father’s Death — Adventure.com
November 13, 2018
After my father died of cancer, I was lost, depressed, and broken — so I packed up my car and embarked on a journey we’d once dreamt of taking together: The great American road trip. This story details the awe-striking places my travels took me (including the Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains, and the arches of Utah) but, more importantly, it captures the new perspective on life, death, and my father’s legacy I returned home with.
With Family Plots and Migratory Hubs In Its Crosshairs, The Border Wall Looms Large In Texas — Pacific Standard Magazine
October 15, 2018
After securing over $500 million in March to build a border barrier, the Department of Homeland Security has begun laying the foundation for the first miles of Donald Trump's long-promised wall. I traveled to Hidalgo County in the Rio Grande Valley to shine a light on this issue and document the longtime landowners, critical migratory hubs, endangered species, and protected public lands directly in its crosshairs.
Ghost Towns and Cosmic Cowboys: Welcome To Wild West Texas — Adventure.com
September 14, 2018
This piece provides a first-hand look at a journey to one of the funkiest places you’ll find: Terlingua, Texas. A wilderness paradise in the heart of the Chihuahuan Desert, this arid outpost is the last scrap of civilization alongside Big Bend National Park and the gateway some of the best outdoor adventure in the United Sates. Terlingua’s more than a stopover, though — it’s one of the last remnants of the wild west and host to an unbelievable confluence of culture, art, and history.
A Tale of Two Murals at 12th & Chicon — Austin Monthly Magazine
September 1, 2018
The feature story for Austin Monthly’s September issue, this piece explores how tensions spurred by the city's rapidly-gentrifying east side and its painful racial history came to a head last May when a beloved mural was abruptly covered in thick, white paint. Rather than focusing solely on the protests and conflict that ensued, I had a chance to sit down with community leaders and people at the center of this emotionally-charged issue to get their perspective on the importance of culture, representation, and historical preservation— and how fleeting they can be for those on the margins.
Following Trump's Immigration Crackdown, Migrants Are Taking More Dangerous Routes Into The U.S. — Pacific Standard Magazine
July 31, 2018
This piece explores the dangerous ripple effects of the Trump administration's increasingly sharpening border policies through the eyes of humanitarian workers, desert search-and-rescue teams, and forensic specialists. All of them agree: the impact of the president's immigration policies could be ghastly for migrants entering the U.S.